FSU Apalachee-Spanish Mission Archaeology Program (FSU-ASMAP)

In 2017, FSU Anthropology faculty formally re-launch the FSU Apalachee-Spanish Mission Archaeology Program (FSU-ASMAP).

Archaeologists with the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University have investigated 17th-18th century Apalachee-Spanish Missions of La Florida since 1950, including sites located in the Florida panhandle, St. Augustine, and coastal Georgia. The longest-running consecutive field school program at FSU was directed by Dr. Rochelle Marrinan from 1984-2002, and was known for its in-depth exposure to survey and excavation methods (field schools ran the entire 16-week academic semester). Marrinan conducted research and taught archaeological field schools at the Patale Mission Site (8Le152) from 1984-1995 and one season in 2000; O’Connell Mission Site (8Le157) from 1995 to 2000; and the Castro Site (8Le151) from 2000 to 2002. Artifact analysis continued until 2015. The archaeology of these sites documents the interactions of the Apalachees, the Franciscan friars sent to convert the Apalachees to Catholicism, and other Spaniards (administrators, soldiers, merchants) that were involved in these interactions between the years 1633 and 1704. Marrinan’s field schools were certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists from 1994 onward.

Peres has a total of 32 weeks experience in excavating Apalachee-Spanish Mission period sites. She participated in the field school at Patale in 1994 and was a field assistant in 1997 for the field school held at the O’Connell Mission site. Since 1994, Peres has participated in or directed numerous academic, CRM, salvage, and agency field and lab projects, including directing academic archaeological field schools in 2012 (USN [40DV7] Archaic Shell Midden Site, Nashville, Tennessee); 2014 (Magnolia Valley [40RD314] Archaic habitation site, Eagleville, Tennessee); and 2016 (Mound Field [8Wa8] Swift Creek-Weeden Island shell ring, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge). Both the 2014 and 2016 field schools were certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).

Our first project under FSU-ASMAP is at San Luis de Talimali in Tallahassee, Florida.