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.

Our staff has 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 revealed much about Alabama's earliest colonial history. The rapid pace of modern development has also led us to study 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 Virginia Street Site and Mobile
The Virginia Street Site and Mobile's Streetcar History
Tuesday - May 28, 2024
A 1916 streetcar token provides a window into the daily lives of past Mobilians and show us the importance of public transportation for people who lived Down the Bay in the early 20th century.
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Development and Displacement Down the Bay
Development and Displacement Down the Bay
Tuesday - May 21, 2024
Down the Bay sprung up in the late 1800s and grew into a thriving interracial neighborhood. Though it still exists today, it was completely transformed by development in the 1960s and 1970s, erasing historic businesses and homes from the landscape and forcing many residents to relocate to other parts of Mobile.
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Down the Bay: Making Your Own Fun
Down the Bay: Making Your Own Fun
Thursday - April 11, 2024
Kids growing up Down the Bay made their own fun. They transformed everyday household objects into toys and invented games to entertain themselves.
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