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      New PhD track in Archaeology at the University of South Florida

      The PhD in Archaeology at the University of South Florida is a new track
      designed to meet the needs and demands of 21st century archaeology. It
      is a
      comprehensive program which builds on our highly successful MA program,
      integrates the subfields of anthropology while providing in-depth
      in archaeology and related disciplines. The program is designed to
      students to conduct research, teach, and practice archaeology in public,
      private, and academic sectors. Faculty specialize in various area
      historic and prehistoric archaeology in the United States, Latin America
      Europe; archaeological science; cultural resource management and public
      archaeology; and museum studies.

      For further information, please visit our website or contact the
      Program Director. The deadline for applications for admission in Fall
      is January 15, 2002.

      Robert H. Tykot
      Associate Professor & Deputy Chair
      Director, Laboratory for Archaeological Science
      Department of Anthropology
      University of South Florida
      4202 East Fowler Ave., SOC 107
      Tampa, FL 33620-8100 USA
      tel: 813 974-7279
      fax: 813 974-2668
      email: rtykot@...
      web: http://www.cas.usf.edu/anthropology/index.html

      Why Pursue a PhD in Archaeology at the University of South Florida?

      A PhD is increasingly necessary for public and private sector employment
      well as academia
              Anthropological archaeology is a thriving academic discipline on the
      national level, with increasing demand in the workforce for
      anthropologically trained archaeologists in the private, government, and
      academic sectors. In the State of Florida and elsewhere legally-mandated
      archaeological investigation prior to construction, cultural property
      repatriation requirements (NAGPRA), and public interest in cultural
      resources (e.g. the recently discovered Miami Circle, the Weedon Island
      Interpretive Center) has resulted in significant local and national
      for professionally-trained archaeologists. This demand is particularly
      in Florida and other parts of the United States where the pace of
      development continues unabated.
              Significantly, while academic and museum employment are most sought
      after by student archaeologists, some 65% of all archaeologists find
      full-time employment outside academia, mainly in the government and
      sectors (Zeder 1997). Government employment is particularly strong in
      southeastern United States. While many currently-employed non-academic
      archaeologists have only the MA degree, 32% of government archaeologists
      42% of private sector archaeologists have the PhD, indicating that the
      latter degree will be necessary for significant career advancement for
      new government and private sector employees. At the same time, there is
      strong tendency for government and private sector archaeologists to feel
      that the training they received ill prepared them for their current
      careers," an indication that many academic institutions have failed "to
      recognize and adapt to the changing nature of the archaeological
      (Zeder 1997: 46).

      USF is at the leading edge of Public Archaeology and has an excellent
      history of placing its graduates
              One exception is the USF Master's Program in Public Archaeology,
      first established in 1974, which has been particularly successful and is
      nationally recognized for producing professional archaeologists who are
      employed by a wide variety of federal, state and county agencies
      the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the
      Division of Historical Resources (Weisman & White 2000; White & Williams
      1994). Other USF graduates own or are employed by private sector
      consulting firms including Janus Research and ACI; some have pursued
      elsewhere. There are currently 25 MA archaeology graduate students at
      and about 10-12 new applicants each year; USF MA graduates are typically
      eligible for certification by the Registry of Professional
              In recent years new directions and philosophies of training and
      research have been explored at USF in response to the challenges of 21st
      century archaeology. With our PhD program in archaeology, we build on
      proven success in training practitioners of public archaeology to meet
      increased qualifications required of tomorrow's public and private
      archaeologists. Our approach to training professional archaeologists is
      model of that recently proposed in a forum organized by the Professional
      Archaeologists of New York (Schuldenrein 1998) and in the Society for
      American Archaeology initiative "Teaching Archaeology in the 21st
      (Bender & Smith 1998; Smith & Bender 2000). Practicing archaeologists
      required to be more than experts in the historical and material culture
      aspects of ancient societies. A competent archaeologist must be able to
      design and coordinate multidisciplinary research projects in both the
      and the laboratory, to apply geographic information systems and remote
      sensing data to human behavioral patterns, to conserve and manage
      collections, and to understand and integrate physical science data (e.g.
      from chemical, geological, or biological analyses) into social science
      interpretive frameworks. Almost all archaeologists spend more time
      research, writing grant proposals, doing laboratory analyses and
      reports and publications, than they spend doing fieldwork. This
      multi-faceted training and level of professional responsibility is
      the scope of an MA degree yet is increasingly sought in candidates by
      agencies and private firms.

      USF has a rising national reputation and Anthropology is one of its top
              The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida is
      already recognized as having one of the top five doctoral programs in
      College of Arts & Sciences at USF. The PhD program in archaeology
      an excellent educational opportunity for growing numbers of Florida and
      non-Florida residents who wish to pursue government and private sector
      employment in archaeology, as well as in academia. USF is the only
      university with a PhD program in archaeology in the entire southeastern
      United States which is located in a major metropolitan area, with the
      campus situated on 1750 acres on the outskirts of Tampa. This affords
      students many opportunities for obtaining experience and employment in
      public and private sector archaeology, as well as museums. USF is one of
      twelve largest universities in the country with approximately 38,000
      students, and is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top-ranked
      research-extensive institution.

      USF has an abundance of resources related to archaeology
              The Anthropology Department at USF is comprised of 17 full-time
      faculty, including 6 archaeologists (Robert Tykot, Brent Weisman, Nancy
      White) and physical anthropologists (David Himmelgreen, Lorena Madrigal,
      Curtis Wienker), plus 1 archaeologist as a regular adjunct faculty
      (Joan Deming). Additional faculty at USF who are actively doing
      archaeological research include Bob Brinkmann (US and Middle East,
      geoarchaeology field school); David Hollander (Middle East, analysis of
      organic artifacts); Barbara Leyden (Latin America, palynology); Philip
      (US historical archaeology); Bill Murray (Greece, underwater
      Suzanne Murray (Aegean); Rick Oches (Middle East, geochronology and
      geomorphology); Jay Palmer (southwest US, chemical analysis of metal
      artifacts); and James Strange (Near East, Biblical Archaeology). Other
      faculty which contribute educationally include Sarah Kruse (geophysical
      surveying); Steven Reader, Gene Gant and Paul Zandbergen (GIS); and Jeff
      Ryan (geochemistry), among others. There is an abundance of course
      relevant to external specializations for archaeologists in the
      of geography (geographic information systems, cartography, soil
      geology (site formation processes, geochronology, geophysics,
      geochemistry), marine science, biology, classics, history, fine arts,
      Africana and Latin American Studies.

              There are three archaeologists with PhDs on staff at the Tampa
      Museum, and we maintain connections with other museums in the area which
      house or host archaeological exhibits (e.g. Museum of Science and
      St. Petersburg Science Center, Florida International Museum). A local
      chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America is based at USF, and
      Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society conducts active fieldwork and
      other projects. Working relations are also maintained with the Southeast
      Archaeological Center (National Park Service), the Florida Bureau of
      Archaeology, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

              The USF library contains over 1.6 million volumes and subscribes to
      5000 periodicals, including some 200 relevant to archaeology and
      anthropology; the virtual library includes all available electronic
      subscriptions. The inter-library loan system is excellent - and free.
      Students are provided with email and web accounts and have free access
      numerous PC-based computer labs. The Department of Anthropology
      dedicated laboratories for physical anthropology, for archaeology, and
      archaeological science, and has two trucks and a boat available for
      projects. Graduate assistants are provided office space, and there are
      computers in the archaeology labs. Accessible analytical facilities and
      equipment include the media lab; GIS lab; ground penetrating radar,
      magnetometry, scanning electron microscopy; electron microprobe; ICP,
      and AA spectroscopy; ICP mass spectrometry; and stable isotope mass

      Fellowships and other Financial Assistance are available at USF
              Department graduate, teaching, and research assistantships, which
      include a stipend and tuition waiver, are available on a competitive
      as are Presidential, Ford Foundation, and University graduate
      The Ray Williams Scholarship Fund is directed specifically at USF
      archaeology students, and the Graduate Student Organization provides
      for travel to professional meetings. The graduate tuition rate for
      residents (obtainable after one year) is one of the lowest in the
      country at
      just $166 per credit hour. On-campus graduate student housing is
      at very competitive prices, while many privately owned apartment
      in safe neighborhoods are within walking distance of campus. There is no
      state income tax in Florida.

      A diverse and cross-cutting set of archaeological specializations are
              US Prehistoric Archaeology; US Historic Archaeology; Latin American
      Archaeology; European Archaeology; Classical Archaeology; Public
      Archaeology; Museum Studies; Archaeological Science. At the post-MA
      the curriculum is very flexible, allowing students to tailor most of
      coursework to suit their particular interests.

      Bender, S.J. & G.S. Smith. 1998. SAA's Workshop on Teaching Archaeology
      the 21st Century: promoting a national dialogue on curricular reform.
      Society for American Archaeology Bulletin 16(5): 11-13.
      Schuldenrein, J. 1998. Changing career paths and the training of
      professional archaeologists: observations from the Barnard College
      Society for American Archaeology Bulletin 16(1): 31-33.
      Smith, G.S. & Bender, S.J. 2000. The Society for American Archaeology's
      'Teaching Archaeology in the 21st Century' initiative. Antiquity 74:
      Weisman, B.R. & N.M. White. 2000. A model graduate training programme in
      public archaeology. Antiquity 74: 203-208.
      White, N.M. & J.R. Williams. 1994. Public archaeology in Florida, USA: a
      review and case study. In P. Stone & B. Molyneaux (eds.), The Presented
      Past, 82-94. London: Routledge.
      Zeder, M.A. 1997. The American Archaeologist. A Profile. Walnut Creek:
      Altamira Press.

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