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Dr. Gifford Waters

gwaters@flmnh.ufl.edu
gwaters@ufl.edu Florida Museum of Natural History
Dickinson Hall
PO Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800
(352) 273-1927

 

Current Positions

  • Collections Manager for Historical Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida

Education

  • University of Florida; Ph.D. Anthropology, with minor in History, 2005.
  • Dissertation: Maintenance and Change of 18th Century Mission Indian Identity: A Multi-Ethnic Contact Situation
  • University of Florida; M.A. Anthropology, with minor in History, 1998.
  • University of Florida; B.A. with Honors Anthropology 1994.

Research and Field Experience, Current Employment

  • 2005-present-Collections Manager for Historical Archaeology, duties include fieldwork, curation and management of historical archaeology collections, supervision of graduate researchers and undergraduate interns, database management, web site development and maintenance, exhibit research, design, and planning, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Drs. Kathleen Deagan and David Steadman, Supervisors.
  • 2011-Co-Principal Investigator, excavation and analysis of the Nombre de Dios (8SJ34) and Fountain of Youth (8SJ31) sites for the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Historical Archaeology Program, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Co-Principal Investigator.
  • 2009-Co-Principal Investigator, excavation and analysis of the Nombre de Dios site (8SJ34) for the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Historical Archaeology Program, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Co-Principal Investigator.
  • 2009-Researcher, survey, mapping, and excavation of New Seville, Jamaica for project conducted by Simon Fraser University, Drs. David Burley and Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigators.
  • 2008-Field Supervisor, excavation and analysis of the Fountain of Youth Park site (8SJ31) for the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Historical Archaeology Program, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigator.
  • 2006-Project Archaeologist, Mission San Francisco de Potano’s 400th Anniversary. Phase 1. Development of research design and supervision of research at the Fox Pond/mission of San Francisco de Potano site, including excavations and artifact analysis, preparation of site report, Florida Master Site File form update and Survey Log, preparation of National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form.
  • 2004-2005-Archaeologist, direction of field projects, writing reports for submission to clients and the State, artifact analysis, mapping, and GIS site-file research, SouthArc, Inc., Cultural Resource Management, Gainesville, Florida
  • 2003-Research Assistant, consulting, artifact identification, database creation and management for on-line Historical Archaeology Type Collection project for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Supervisor
  • 2003-Graduate Research Assistant, database management, artifact analysis, assist on National Historic Landmark nomination, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Dr. Deagan, Supervisor
  • 2003-Consultant, artifact analysis and interpretation of possible 18th century African slave cabin, SouthArc, Inc., Cultural Resource Management, Gainesville, Florida.
  • 2001-Field Supervisor, excavation and analysis of the Nombre de Dios site (8SJ34) for University of Florida Historical Archaeology Field School, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigator.
  • 2000-Graduate Research Assistant, artifact analysis and database management, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Supervisor.
  • 2000-Field Supervisor, excavation and analysis of the Fountain of Youth site (8SJ31) for University of Florida Historical Archaeology Field School, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigator.
  • 2000-Project Director, Cultural Resource Management survey and testing, Spanish Gardens site (SA8-4) St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1999-Field Supervisor, excavation and analysis of the Stallings Island site (9CB1) Columbia County, Georgia. Dr. Kenneth Sassaman, Principal Investigator.
  • 1998-1999-Research Assistant, analysis and data entry of pre-historic materials from Savanna River Basin, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. Dr. Sassaman, Supervisor.
  • 1998-Field Technician, SouthArc, Inc., Cultural Resource Management, Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1997-Field Supervisor, excavation and analysis of the Nombre de Dios site (8SJ34) for University of Florida Historical Archaeology Field School, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigator.
  • 1996-Research Assistant, analysis and data entry of materials from Fort Fredrica site, work conducted for National Park Service at Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Supervisor.
  • 1995-Research Assistant, analysis and data entry of materials from La Isabel site, Dominican Republic, work conducted both in Dominican Republic and Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigator.
  • 1995-Field Technician, Post, Buckley, Schuh, and Jernigan, Cultural Resource Management, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • 1994-Student Excavator, University of Florida Historical Archaeology Field School, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Principal Investigator.
  • 1994-Lab Technician, ceramic analysis and data entry, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. Dr. Steven Brandt, Supervisor.

Teaching Experience

  • Fall 2008- Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, ANT 4930-Florida Archaeology.
  • Fall 2003-Adjunct Faculty, Social Sciences Department, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, ANT 220-Archaeology.
  • Fall 2001 and Fall 2002-Teaching Associate, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, ANT 4114-Principles of Archaeology. 
  • Fall 1997-2002-Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, ANT 2301-Human Sexuality and Culture (Fall 1997, Spring 1998, Fall 1998, Fall 1999, Spring 2002, Summer 2002). 

Published or on file

  • 2012- Florida Museum of Natural History, Lecompte, Elise and Gifford Waters. In B. Reid and R.G. Gilmore, eds. Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology. University Press of Florida. (Accepted for publication)
  • 2012- Puerto Real. In B. Reid and R.G. Gilmore, eds. Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology. University Press of Florida. (Accepted for publication)
  • 2012- Rainey, Froelich. In B. Reid and R.G. Gilmore, eds. Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology. University Press of Florida. (Accepted for publication)
  • 2011- Dendrochonological Dating of Wood from the Fountain of Youth Park Archaeological Site (8SJ31), St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.A. Tree-Ring Research, Garland, Niki A., Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Kathleen Deagan, Grant L. Harley, and Gifford Waters.
  • 2009- Aboriginal Ceramics at Three 18th Century Mission Sites in St. Augustine, Florida. pp. 165-176 In K.A. Deagan and D.H. Thomas, eds. From Santa Elena to St. Augustine : indigenous ceramic variability (A.D. 1400-1700). Anthropological papers of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 90. New York, NY.
  • 2006- Mission San Francisco de Potano’s 400th Anniversary: Phase 1, Archaeological Survey and Assessment, Alachua County, Florida. Florida Museum of Natural History Miscellaneous Project Reports in Archaeology #58. Manuscript also on file with Florida Department of State.
  • 2000- Archaeological Excavation at the Spanish Gardens Site (SA8-4), manuscript on file, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.
  • 1998- Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Bulletin 41, co-editor with Kenneth Sassaman.
  • 1997- 1997 Excavations at 8SJ34/Nombre de Dios site: Florida’s First Spanish Fort, manuscript on file, Special Collections Library and Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.
  • 1994- Non-Local Aboriginal Ceramics in St. Augustine Through Time, manuscript on file, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.

In progress

  • Archaeology at the Fox Pond Site (8AL272): Investigations at the 17th Century Mission of San Francisco de Potano. To be submitted to Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • Identity Maintenance and Change in a Historic Period Multi-Ethnic Contact Situation. To be submitted to Southeastern Archaeology.
  • Mission Indian Identity: A Case of Maintenance and Change. To be submitted to Historical Archaeology.

Conference Papers and Posters

  • 2012, May- Franciscan Foundations: Recent Research at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine’s Oldest Mission. Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee. (invited symposium participant)
  • 2011, November- Spanish Mission Archaeology: Case Studies and the Collapse of the Mission System in La Florida. Invited presentation for the St. Augustine Archaeology Association’s monthly meeting.
  • 2010, May- Poster by Javier G. Inanez, Gifford J. Waters, Kathleen Deagan, Nadia Jimenez-Cano, Michael D. Glascock, and Robert J. Speakman, Archaeometrical characterization of majolica ceramics from St. Augustine (Florida), 38th International Symposium on Archaeometry, Tampa, Florida.
  • 2010, January- Continuing Excavations on the Franciscan Frontier: Archaeology at Mission San Francisco de Potano, 43rd Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Amelia Island, Florida. (invited symposium participant)
  • 2007, March- Aboriginal Ceramics at Three 18th Century Mission Sites in St. Augustine, Florida. Second Caldwell Conference, St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia. (invited participant)
  • 2007, January- Archaeology at San Francisco de Potano, the Fox Pond Site (8AL272). 40th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • 2002, November- Identity Maintenance and Change in a Historic Period Multi-Ethnic Contact Situation. 59th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Biloxi, Mississippi. (invited symposium participant)
  • 2002, January- Coercion, Compromise, Continuity, or Creation: Maintenance and Change in Mission Indian Identity. 35th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Mobile, Alabama. (invited symposium participant)
  • 2001, January- A New Approach to the Analysis of Aboriginal Culture Change During the Spanish Mission Period in Florida. 34th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Long Beach, California.
  • 2001, June- Sixteenth Century Fort, or Sixteenth Century Blockhouse? An Update on the Excavations at the Nombre de Dios Site (8SJ34). 53rd Annual Conference of the Florida Anthropological Society, St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 2000, November- Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Non-Local Aboriginal Ceramics in St. Augustine. 57th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Macon, Georgia.
  • 1999, November- St. Augustine’s First Spanish Fort: Archaeological and Historical Evidence of its Location. 56th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Pensacola, Florida. 1999, January- Evidence for the Location of St. Augustine’s First Spanish Fort. 32nd Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Professional Service

  • University Teach Committee, Florida Museum of Natural History, 2010-present.
  • Informatics Committee, Florida Museum Natural History, 2008-2010.
  • Editor, Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter, Current Research, Southeastern United States, 2005-present.
  • Co-President Student Affairs Committee, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, 1999-2001
  • Student Affairs Committee Campus Representative, Society for American Archaeology, 1998-2001
  • President, Past-President, Secretary-elect, Florida Anthropology Student Association, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001 respectively.

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Southeastern Archaeological Conference
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Florida Anthropology Association
  • Florida Anthropology Student Association

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

  • Florida Museum of Natural History Staff Enrichment Award for professional service, 2011.
  • Florida Museum of Natural History Ripley Bullen Award for outstanding graduate student contributions to the archaeology of Florida and the Caribbean, 2005.
  • Anthropology Department Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of Florida, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
  • Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship for Dissertation in Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, 2001.
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, University of Florida, 1999, 2000, 2002.
  • Office of Research and Graduate Programs Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2001.