Emily Warner, right, with the USA Center for Archaeological Studies, and Thomas Grace, with Wiregrass Archaeological Consulting, bisect a feature in the soil at a site that is along the route for a proposed Mobile Bay bridge.

Center for Archaeological Studies

The Center for Archaeological Studies conducts archaeological research, teaching, and public service in the north-central Gulf Coast region. The Center promotes the archaeological study and appreciation of the region's prehistoric and historic past; disseminates to the public information about the region's archaeology; and preserves archaeological evidence of the region's past for future study, use, and enjoyment. The Center involves students in research projects, providing hands-on experience in archaeology.

The Center's archaeologists have carried out over 1,000 survey and excavation projects during the last thirty years. Ground-breaking research at sites like Old Mobile and Port Dauphin has revealed much about Alabama's earliest colonial history. The rapid pace of modern development has also led us to sites like Bottle Creek, the Exploreum, and Dog River Bridge, where Indigenous People, French, British, Spanish, and Early American settlers left their marks on the landscape.


 

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The Archaeologist
The Archaeologist's Toolkit: What is Archaeology?
Friday - September 23, 2022
When people think of archaeology Indiana Jones or digging holes comes to mind. However, archaeology encompasses a lot more than fancy hats and playing in the dirt.
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Archaeology in Action: The Virginia Street Site (Part I)
Archaeology in Action: The Virginia Street Site (Part I)
Friday - September 16, 2022
This series shares results from our ongoing archaeological fieldwork. Our current focus is the I-10 Mobile River Bridge (MRB) Archaeological Project, an effort to excavate 15 sites along Mobile Bay before the I-10 project. Stay tuned as we share updates from our work!
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On the Riverfront: Down the Bay and the Maritime Industry in Mobile
On the Riverfront: Down the Bay and the Maritime Industry in Mobile
Wednesday - June 29, 2022
As one of the largest port cities in the country, it is no surprise that shipping and maritime industries have long been an important part of Mobile's economy.
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