Program Details

The History in Our Backyard: Digging into Florida Archaeology

Katharine Napora

Course Description

You know about Egypt's pyramids, England's Stonehenge, and China's Terracotta Army, but have you wondered about the history in your own backyard? Florida is full of amazing archaeological sites that provide tantalizing glimpses into the past. From Native American island capitals to the wrecks of European treasure ships, our shores, forests, and wetlands hold clues about what life was like centuries and millennia ago. Get ready to discover, through discussion and real artifacts, how archaeologists learn about the past, discover the world-class sites and finds from across our state, and explore the cutting-edge science that allows us to investigate the ancient world in exciting new ways. Space is limited.


  1. Archaeology 101: How Do We Know What We Know About Florida’s Past?
  2. Mound Key, St. Augustine, and More!: The Incredible Archaeological Sites of Florida
  3. Shipwrecks, Mammoths, and Masks: Florida’s Underwater Archaeology
  4. 21st Century Florida Archaeology: The Science of the Past for a Better Tomorrow

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Katharine Napora is an assistant professor of anthropology at FAU. A specialist in environmental archaeology, she uses scientific analyses to learn more about ancient coastal societies. Dr. Napora earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia. She has worked extensively in Florida and the broader southeastern U.S. as well as in western Europe and has developed a diverse array of award-winning public archaeology outreach programs.