Upcoming Events

▼   Monthly Lecture Series

All archaeology talks are FREE and open to the public! Talks are geared toward adult general audiences. Like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming programs. 

September 2017

The Archaeology of Gulf Islands National Seashore, presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, September 14, 2017 6pm

The area of the National Park Service's Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island is a jewel of unspoiled natural beauty. In addition to providing habitat for a variety of wildlife, the Park also boasts some of Pensacola's most interesting archaeological sites, both on land and under water. This presentation is a tour of some of these sites, including the Spanish colonial presidio and shipwrecks from several periods of Pensacola's history.

October 2017

Life of the Enslaved at Arcadia Mill, presented by Adrianne Sams of Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, October 9, 2017 4:30pm

From 1828 to 1855, Arcadia Mill was a thriving industrial operation that included two lumber mills, a textile mill, a bucket factory, and one of Florida's earliest railroads. The associated Arcadia community was ethnically diverse and included enslaved African American laborers, Anglo American workers, and Anglo American managers. Recent research has focused on identifying the disenfranchised community and this presentation will highlight the historical and archaeological evidence for the life of the enslaved at Arcadia Mill during the antebellum period. 

Old St. Stephens, Alabama's First Capital: Mother of Mobile, presented by George Shorter, USA Center for Archaeological Studies, October 19, 2017 6pm

Please join us in welcoming George Shorter of the USA Center for Archaeological Studies for updates on recent excavations conducted at the site of Old St. Stephens. 

November 2017

Summer 2017 Discoveries at the Luna Settlement Site, presented by Christina Bolte, University of West Florida, November 2, 2017 6pm

In this talk, Christina Bolte, graduate student in archaeology at the University of West Florida, will provide information on this summer's excavations at the Luna Settlement Site in Pensacola, Florida. 

▼   Family Programs and Other Special Events

Can't make it to the museum during the week? Have small children interested in fun and engaging hands-on activities? Join us for one of our Saturday programs or after-hours events!

September 2017

September Saturday at the Archaeology Museum, Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10am-2pm

The Archaeology Museum is open one Saturday per month and our September Saturday program will feature archaeology craft and story time for children age 7-10 and their families! We'll be reading the book "Who Built the Pyramid?" by Meredith Hooper at 11am and 1pm, and then kids can drop in and write their name in hieroglyphics anytime between 10am and 2pm. Our museum galleries will also be open for viewing. Admission is free!

"History Matters" Exhibit Reception, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5:30pm-7:00pm

The Archaeology Museum invites you to visit our new exhibit, "History Matters", on display this fall. The Museum has partnered with the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile (DFFAAHT) to bring a collection of historical photographs highlighting the contributions of important individuals and key stops associated with the Trail. You can read more about the exhibit and the DFFAAHT here: http://www.southalabama.edu/org/archaeology/museum/historymatters.html.

A "meet and mingle" style reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th, from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Light refreshments will be available. Admission is free. 

October 2017

International Archaeology Day Celebration, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12pm-4pm

Please join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Saturday, October 21st from 12pm-4pm for a fun-filled afternoon of archaeology activities for all ages! Help us celebrate International Archaeology Day and participate in various craft activities, try your hand at native games and spear throwing, learn about forensic archaeology, tour the museum and native plant garden, and see flintknapping demonstrations! You can also bring in any artifacts you have to be identified by our volunteers in our archaeology lab (no appraisals will be given). This event is co-sponsored by the Anthropology Club at South Alabama.  

November 2017

Homeschool Story Time and Craft: How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, November 21, 2017 9am-10am

Space is limited to 20 children. Homeschool students ages 5-8 and their parents are invited to join us at the Archaeology Museum for a read-aloud of the book "How Chipmunk Got His Stripes" by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac. Following our story, children will make their own talking sticks made from log sticks, feathers and yarn! Admission to the event is FREE! Advance reservations are required, and you must email Candice at ccravins@southalabama.edu to secure your spot. Parents or guardians must remain with children at all times throughout the duration of the program.

November Family Fun Day: Mystery Artifact Boxes, Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10am-2pm

The USA Archaeology Museum is open one Saturday per month for families and those who cannot make it to the museum during our regular weekday hours. On Saturday, November 18th, kids and their families can drop in and learn about archaeology by exploring our mystery artifact boxes and making cordage! Our museum galleries will be open for self-guided tours, and this would be a great opportunity to check out our new temporary exhibit "History Matters," a collection of historical photographs highlighting the contributions of key individuals and stops associated with the African American Heritage Trail of Mobile. Admission is free!