The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context.
Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology
Increasing public understanding of the archaeological past, through ethical practices, to build an inclusive heritage across Southwest Florida
Strengthen historic preservation in southwest Florida through undergraduate community service-learning, civic engagement, and project-based examples of ethical stewardship of the past for the cosmopolitan present. Public Archaeology can stimulate an interest in archaeology among the general public while promoting awareness that cultural resources have significance in the present. Knowledge of the history beneath our feet contributes to community spirit and a sense of place.
Our understanding of the past can come from history books, archaeological sites and artifacts, the built landscape, legends and oral histories, and archives including newspapers. Heritage preservation and conservation expand access to these elements; woven together they produce a rich vision of a past that is a place for observing, pondering, and acknowledging the social dynamics and historical trajectories of this community.
The New College Public Archaeology Lab, established by Uzi Baram in 2010, facilitates studies of archaeology and historic preservation for Sarasota and Manatee counties through ethical, community-based research and public engagement.
New College undergraduates are encouraged to participate, expand, and contribute to heritage projects across the region for their anthropological and heritage studies training and toward civic engagement. The New College Public Archaeology Lab Research Report Series documents the efforts and provides publication experience for advanced undergraduate researchers.
Printed copies of the reports are available at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library and Sarasota County Libraries.
New College Public Archaeology Lab Research Report #1 Alexis Santos 2011 Remembering Rye Village & the Landscape in Manatee County, Florida.
New College Public Archaeology Lab Research Report #2 Uzi Baram 2012 Report on the 2010-12 Survey of the Galilee Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida: Community, Race, and Commemoration.
New College Public Archaeology Lab Research Report #3 Nicole Ouellette 2014 Teaching Students Concepts of Florida Heritage and Civic Engagement with Patrick D. Smith’s A Land Remembered.
New College Public Archaeology Lab Research Report #4 Uzi Baram 2017 The Many Histories by Phillippi Creek: Final Report on Community Heritage Awareness and Management Program (CHAMP) at Phillippi Estate Park, 2014-16.
A 2008 FIPSE grant (#P116Z080257) from the U.S. Department of Education created the New College Public Archaeology Lab; the facility opened in October 2010. Located on the Bayfront campus, the New College of Florida’s Public Archaeology Lab features more than 1,600 square feet of workspace for processing and interpreting artifacts, an office for archaeological site reports and geographic information systems, and storage space for excavated finds.
Professor Uzi Baram uses the Lab to facilitate archaeology and historic preservation in Sarasota and Manatee counties and to train New College students in ethical, community-based research on local history and regional heritage.
Community partnerships are encouraged; contact Professor Baram for information. If you wish to financially support the program, please send donations to the Public Archaeology Lab, fund #7012, at the New College Foundation.