The University of South Alabama established the Center for Archaeological Studies in 1992 to conduct archaeological research, teaching, and public service in the north-central Gulf Coast region. The Center promotes the archaeological study and appreciation of the region's prehistoric and historic past; disseminates to the public information about the region's archaeology; and preserves archaeological evidence of the region's past for future study, use, and enjoyment.
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Ground-breaking research at sites like Old Mobile and Port Dauphin has revealed much about Alabama's earliest colonial history. The rapid pace of modern development has also led us to sites like Bottle Creek, the Exploreum, and Dog River Bridge, where Indigenous People, French, British, Spanish, and Early American settlers left their marks on the landscape.
Students become involved in all of our research projects, getting hands-on experience outside of the classroom with the scientific methods of modern archaeology.
Much of our understanding of the past comes from careful laboratory study of the artifacts found during our excavations.
Besides this website, we communicate information on our findings through our occasional newsletters and frequent public lectures, publications, and through loans of artifacts for museum display. Contributions to the Center for Archaeological Studies support the research and the dissemination of our discoveries.
Your tax-deductible contributions help save parts of our region's past that would otherwise be lost forever. Please enable us to do more by sending a check, payable to the "University of South Alabama," to:
6052 USA Drive South
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
The Center's full-time staff of archaeologists have carried out over 1,000 survey and excavation projects during the last twenty years.