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Island Archaeology

UF’s William H. Marquardt Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from Southeastern Archaeological Conference

Story by UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences December 1st, 2016
Marquardt receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the SEAC

lifetime achievement award

In October 2016, Dr. William H. Marquardt, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Athens, GA. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a senior scholar who has made significant and sustained contributions to southeastern archaeology during her or his career.

According to the SEAC, Marquardt qualified for the award by:

Says Marquardt, "It is always nice to be recognized, but almost all of my work has been team-based, so the award is also for generations of students, colleagues, and volunteers who have added so much to my work."

William H. Marquardt


John S. and James L. Knight Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Director, Institute of Archaeology and Paleoenvironmental Studies, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

Director, Randell Research Center (Calusa Heritage Trail on Pine Island)

Registered Professional Archaeologist

A newspaper clipping from Marquardt's portfolio. This article is available online.

SEAC on marquardt

Bill has worked in Southeastern archaeology since his undergraduate years and has made lengthy and continuous contributions to Southeastern archaeology and SEAC since the late 1960s. His lengthy list of publications includes book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, CRM reports, major monographs, and co-authored volumes, many of which illuminate the archaeology of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Bill has been devoted to SEAC throughout his lifelong career in archaeology. He was the first editor of our organization’s professional journal, Southeastern Archaeology. He has encouraged young scholars to present their work at SEAC and has organized numerous symposia over the years. He has served on the Native American Liaison Committee and as a previous Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.

selected works

Archaeological review for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1988

Award-winning PBS video program The Domain of the Calusa, 1995

The Calusa chapter of Handbook of North American Indians Vol. 14 Southeast by the Smithsonian, 2004



• Archaeological Theory

• Historical Ecology

• Anthropological Museology

• Dialectical Archaeology (advanced seminar)

• Emergence of Complexity (advanced seminar)

• Archaeology of Florida

• Archaeology of the Southeastern United States

• Cultural Change

• Development of World Civilizations


• Dialectical approaches to structure and process

• Historical ecology

• Emergence of sociopolitical complexity and state formation, especially in the southeastern United States and circum-Caribbean areas

• Processes of archaeological site formation/deformation

• Epistemology of spatial analysis and landscape archaeology

• Archaeology and history in public education and museum exhibition

Aerial view of Pine Island, Florida, the location of the Randell Research Center. Marquardt was instrumental in protecting this site.
The ranges of ancient Floridians. Marquardt has studied the Calusa; UF's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences also has experts on the Timucua.
Footnote: Newspaper clipping and headshot photo courtesy of William H. Marquardt; SEAC press release courtesy of the UF Department of Anthropology; Other images from Wikimedia; Content curated by Rachel Wayne