Support Our Collections and Research
We have a very active lab, with both research and teaching components but since the funding for the University and our Museum is now fairly limited, most of the money to support our research and education comes from contract investigations conducted for government and private organizations, research grants, and donations by generous individuals and corporations. The donations are particularly appreciated because they indicate the level of interest of the public and our community in our work.
The Environmental Archaeology Program is looking for funds to support:
- Environmental archaeology research at archaeological sites throughout the Americas.
- Physical growth of our collections from a single field focus (zooarchaeology) to the more holistic three-field focus incorporating zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, and archaeopedology.
- Creation of a digital archive and research database of ancient environments and human-induced environmental change.
- Educational and public outreach via on-site and visiting collaboration and the development of digital curriculum aids.
Generous funding from the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation has created the Environmental Archaeology Endowment for Education and Research, an endowment that continues to grow with donations from other generous individuals. The funds are used to support our students and our efforts to expand access to our collections, primarily through the development of digital image archives. In times of economic downturn, our endowment ensures continuity for our program and students. To make a specific donation to the EAP Endowment, please access the University of Florida Foundation's secure site. Click on Environmental Archaeology Endowment (Account # 011203), or contact us directly. Your donations are tax deductible.
Memberships in the Florida Museum of Natural History support public programming and research through grants from the Museum Associates Board. Please see the Museum membership page to join.
Volunteers are a wonderful resource and if you are interested in donating your time, please see our Volunteers page.
We are also happy to receive basic office supplies, donated technology, or other equipment and materials that are fundamental to the operation of a busy laboratory. Please contact Collection Manager Irvy Quitmyer if you have any donations you would like to see used in the pursuit of environmental archaeology research.
Finally, we are happy to receive modern comparative specimens and legally acquired archaeological collections but we are bound by many regulations in accepting collections. Please read our acquisitions policy here and contact Collection Manager Irvy Quitmyer with any specific questions.