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.
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.