New College Public Archaeology Lab

The New College Public Archaeology Lab, or NCPAL for short, is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context. As both a physical space and intellectual project curated by New College students and faculty, NCPAL is dedicated to the ethical advancement of knowledge about past human cultures and societies in order to engage with social issues of the present.

Archaeology Fest 2012 at the lab this Saturday!

by Alexis Santos

As part of Florida Archaeology Month, New College and Time Sifters Archaeology Society are holding the second annual Archaeology Fest at the New College Public Archaeology Lab from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Archaeology Fest is completely free and will feature tours of the lab, lectures, demonstrations, hands-on learning, films and more with an emphasis on kid-friendly activities. Free hot dogs and lemonade will be provided.

Participating organizations this year include the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Around the Bend Nature Tours, Manasota Fossil Club, G Wiz, Historic Spanish Point, Little Salt Spring/Warm Mineral Springs Archaeology Society, Reflections of Manatee, Gamble Plantation, South Florida Museum and the Longboat Key Historical Society.

Funding for the program is provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Feel free to use the Google Map below for directions to the New College Public Archaeology Lab. The lab is located at the “A” marker.

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Elementary school students and their families visit for “Day at the Lab”

by Alexis Santos

On Saturday, December 3rd, the New College Public Archeology Lab hosted a free “Day at the Lab” for Fruitville Elementary 4th graders, 5th graders and their families. The event was covered by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Longboat Key Observer. Students learned about local architecture by using Rice Krispies to build tabby-like structures, subsistence by casting nets and using atlatls, geography, scientific equipment, modes of travel, chronology and more. Above, are NCPAL’s own photographs of the event.

“Day at the Lab” welcomes 4th & 5th graders on Dec. 3

by Alexis Santos

On Saturday, December 3rd, the New College Public Archeology Lab will host a free “Day at the Lab” for Fruitville Elementary 4th graders, 5th graders and their families from 10 am to 1 pm. This “family field trip” covers the Native American past through the pioneer settlements to the near present-day. New College students will take groups outside and inside the lab, demonstrating the tools of subsistence for living on Sarasota Bay, explaining the archaeology and history of the Sarasota watershed, and using activities to teach about local architecture and Sarasota’s connection to the larger world.

Interested families can fill out this form and have students give it to their classroom teacher by Monday, November 21.

La forma esta disponible en Español aquí.

Professor Uzi Baram to give lecture at Venice Area Historical Society

by Alexis Santos

This image of the Venice Train Depot in 1927 is courtesy of

On Tuesday, October 25, at 7 pm, New College Professor of Anthropology Uzi Baram will give a lecture entitled “Excavations and Memories at the Venice Train Depot: Transportation and the Development of a Florida Town” at the Venice Area Historical Society meeting. In 2001, Professor Baram, Sarasota County Archaeologist Susan Lynn White and a group of New College students conducted excavations at the Venice Train Depot while it was being renovated as a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus station.

The lecture is free and will be held in the Renaissance Room, Mark Manor, Village on the Isle Center, 920 Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL.

Click here for more information.

the Catalyst reports on NCPAL’s Galilee Cemetery survey

by Alexis Santos

photo courtesy of Shane Donglasan/Catalyst

This week’s issue of the Catalyst, New College’s student newspaper, features an article on NCPAL’s Galilee Cemetery survey:

Feb. 29, 1983 is the death date engraved on one of the many grave markers in the Galilee Cemetery. However, 1983 was not a leap year. A pair of grave markers belonging to one woman had the same death dates but different years. Others are simply unmarked.

The tedious task of recording each of these grave markers has been taken on by the New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL).“Though it might seem unusual, there actually isn’t a record for the cemetery in terms of the kind of basic information about the person and the information on their grave markers,” Professor of Anthropology Uzi Baram said. “So what students are doing is engaging in that record-keeping.”

You can read the full article on the Catalyst‘s website here.

Students analyze ground penetrating radar data

by Alexis Santos

As part of the Archaeological Laboratory Methods: Remote Sensing tutorial, students have spent the first half of the Fall 2011 semester analyzing ground penetrating radar (GPR) data. GPR works by pulsing radar signals into the ground which are reflected when they encounter resistance, whether it be from artifacts or changes in the soil. The data we receive comes in the form of videos that reveal what the GPR sensed in one inch layers. Students have studied the videos and recorded their observations on graph paper. We are currently working on compiling our findings to create a coherent map of the area at various levels of depth.

The hope is that this data can shed some light on where excavations can take place without disturbing a large amount of more recent artifacts.

the Catalyst covers Archaeology Fest

by Alexis Santos

Last Spring, Time Sifters Archaeology Society and NCPAL  hosted Archaeology Fest to give visitors a chance to tour the Lab, attend various lectures, interact with artifacts, interact with hands-on experiences and observe several demonstrations. New College’s student newspaper, the Catalyst, was there to report. You can read their article and check out a photo gallery of Archaeology Fest here.

Welcome to!

by Alexis Santos

Welcome to New College of Florida’s Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) newly redesigned website. Here you can find information on all the projects New College students are currently working on. Stay tuned for updates on projects, lectures and community events!

Would you like to get involved or have suggestions about how we can improve? Please send us a message here!

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