Maritime Field School
Assistant Professor, Archaeology Institute, University of West Florida.
Education: M.S. Northwest Missouri State University, Ph.D. Texas A&M University.
Area: Maritime Archaeology.
Professional Interests: Artifact conservation and Preservation, Maritime Archaeology.
Research Associate, Archaeology Institute, University of West Florida.
Education: M.A., Texas A&M University, A.B.D. Syracuse University.
Area: Nautical Archaeology, Historical Archaeology.
Professional Interests: Shipwreck Archaeology, Atlantic Trade, Culture Contact.
Wayne Abrahamson graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from San Diego State University upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service. While in the navy he was qualified as a PADI Dive-master, NAUI Master Diver, and received his Private Pilot's License. He is currently writing his thesis on a 19th-Century steamship in Seminole, Alabama. This summer, Wayne will be the Graduate Field Director for all diving and archaeology operations at Seminole.
Field Directors in Training
Kendra Kennedy graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology, French and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame. Kendra, whose thesis focuses on the maritime cultural landscape of the Pensacola waterfront, will assist the maritime field school as a Field Director in Training this summer. Her main focus will be survey and testing of the Pensacola waterfront and remote sensing survey of specific areas of Pensacola Bay. Kendra will also assist with test excavations of the Brick Wreck and Emanuel Point II.
Christine Mavrick received her B.S. in Anthropology from Illinois State University in December of 2000. Before coming to Pensacola in 2005, she spent three years teaching in Taiwan and Mexico. She participated in the excavation of a 14th-century southwestern pueblo in New Mexico and has dedicated much of her time at UWF to working on the Emanuel Point II project. She currently supervises the Archaeology Conservation Lab under Dr. John Bratten. Her thesis will concentrate on the conservation of wooden ecofacts recovered from Little Salt Spring in Sarasota County, Florida.
Dean Nones received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. He has worked on a Monongahela Indian Village site in Indiana, Pennsylvania as well as other prehistoric sites in Southwestern Pennsylvania. His interests are in the maritime aspects of the Spanish Colonial Period as well as Pensacola’s lumber industry. Dean will supervise dive operations on the Brick Wreck this summer, which is also the subject of his Master's thesis.
Irina Franklin received her B.S. in Anthropology from Florida State University in 2006. She has field experience in terrestrial, underwater, and public archaeology. Irina worked for the State of Florida's Bureau of Archaeological Research as the Underwater Program Coordinator. During the summers of 2006 & 2007 she worked as a field supervisor for Fernbank Museum of Natural History's Public Archaeology Program. Currently, Irina is working towards her Master’s degree and interning with the Florida Public Archaeology Network as a Public Archaeology Assistant. She looks forward to gaining maritime supervisory experience this summer.
Tiffany Goldhamer graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Anthropology and a double minor in Archaeology and Textiles. She has worked at various sites from an early Mississippian site to slave cabins at The Hermitage and the Sam Davis Home. Her interests include historical and riverine archaeology of the Southeastern United States. She is also interested in artifact preservation and currently works at the conservation lab on campus. She is proud to be a part of the excavations of the second Emanuel Point shipwreck.
Field School Students
Aleks Adams grew up in Connecticut but eventually came to live in his longtime vacation spot of Florida. Initially majoring in Marine Biology, Aleks later changed his major when he began to study Archaeology. In 2007 he attended his first UWF field school and enjoyed it so much he is back this summer to continue working on the Emanuel Point II site.
Shawn Arnold is presently completing his B.A. in Maritime Studies at the University of West Florida. He has worked with UWF during the 2006 and 2007 field schools. He attended the Slobodna field school held by the PAST Foundation in Key Largo, FL and has also worked on terrestrial projects in Glacier National Park and downtown Pensacola. He looks forward to starting Graduate school at UWF in the fall studying Historic Archaeology.
Chris Barron is a junior Maritime Studies major at the University of West Florida. He grew up in Southeast Louisiana and lived for two years outside of Washington D.C. where he graduated from high school. He came to UWF in the Fall of 2005 as a Freshman to get back to the south, sun, and water. He has been a boater all of his life.
Courtney Boren is currently a senior studying Anthropology at UWF. After graduating in May of 09’ she plans to continue her education with a focus on archaeology.
Brian Durnan is a senior majoring in Maritime Studies at the University of West Florida. He is attending this field school to gain experience in diving on archaeological sites and for credit requirements for his major.
Lynne Fobian is a senior majoring in Maritime Studies and History at the University of West Florida. She is attending the maritime field school as part of a dream come true. Her future goal: Famous Maritime Archaeologist.
Ashley Marquardt attends the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She is a senior majoring in Archaeology. She chose UWF’s field school because she wants underwater to be her specialty and also for the experience.
Colleen Reese is a graduate Anthropology student at the University of West Florida. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in cultural plant remains from underwater and water-logged sites.
Bryce Rodgers is a senior in the Maritime Studies program at the University of West Florida. Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, she is attending UWF’s field school because it sounded like an excellent opportunity to do something not so common.
Jenn Scharler is from Southern California and attends the University of California at Berkeley (Go Bears!) where she is a senior studying Anthropology. She followed her gut’s instinct and is participating in the UWF Maritime Field School. She is excited about all of the experience she will gain this summer.
Hans Schmid III attends the University of West Florida. He is a senior in the Maritime Studies Program.
Jake Shidner is a graduate Anthropology student at the University of West Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Anthropology. He worked on a field school at Hontoon Island, an island with a large St. Johns period shell mound system in Florida, as well as in the collections department of the Florida Museum of Natural History. After graduating, he worked for Southeastern Archaeological Research (SEARCH), where he conducted fieldwork throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Williamsburg, VA. His interests are ship construction, maritime history, naval warfare and the use of weapons at sea.
Scott Sorset is a graduate student in Historical Archaeology at UWF. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in Classics. He has worked on archaeological sites across the Florida panhandle and as far afield as Italy. Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree, Scott worked for the State of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources. He reviewed archaeological and historical surveys conducted within the state for compliance with local, state, and federal statutes. During this time, Scott also completed his divemaster training. His interests include the Spanish colonial period, maritime history, diving, travel, and tennis.
Eric Swanson is a senior majoring in Anthropology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He hopes to continue on to graduate school. Eric came to Pensacola for UWF’s Field School because he loves to dive and loves archaeology. He knows that this field school is a great opportunity to pursue his future career.
Amanda Wohlberg is from the State University of New York: College at Potsdam. She is a junior majoring in Archaeology and Geology. She is attending this field school to collect data for her GeoArchaeologocial research project on the Emanuel Point II ballast.
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