Pensacola Archaeological Society reaches out to UWF students

By Anna Smith
Staff writer

The Pensacola Archaeological Society is a non-profit organization that allows the community to come together to learn, discuss and support archaeological efforts.

PAS was founded in June 1985; the society then became a 501c3 organization in Oct. of the same year.

“We are really just an organization made up of people of all different ages. We have students, older adult, and millennials who all have a common interest in archaeology,” Adrianne Sams Walker, site manager at Arcadia Mill, said, “We are actually a part of the Florida Anthropology Society so we are part of a bigger organization, we are a chapter of that society.”

The organization has more than 100 members which make up a diverse group of Pensacola locals. PAS meets once monthly where business is conducted, followed by a guest speaker and social hour. PAS has a governing board with a president, secretary and treasurer.

While the group is non-profit, they do collect donations and generate funds from the membership. The money that is collected goes straight to student scholarships where students who apply can receive a grant to fund research, presentations or even to send soil samples off to a lab.

“We have a T-shirt made every year and they are worn by our field school students in the summer but we also sell them to the public to put more money into student grants,” Walker said.

To become a member, you must fill out the simple membership form and pay a small due. It is only $6 for students and $15 for individuals. Families can pay a flat rate of $20 and there is a lifetime membership of $200.

“We encourage people to join because it is a minimal cost and it all directly goes into student scholarships,” Walker said. “People can also go onto our website to find the membership form and read more about our organization.”

Membership forms are available at the monthly meetings, but you don’t have to be a member to participate in the meetings.

“Aside from our monthly meetings, we also do a lot of community outreach so, for instance, if there is a cultural function going on we will have a table set up for PAS. We want the community to know who we are and what we do,” Walker said. “We try to educate people about the archaeological resources that are here in town.

“We want to encourage everyone to support PAS, attend our meetings, and bring a friend. We are always looking for new members and to increase awareness of our cultural resources.”

Contact Walker at 626-3084 for more information about PAS.

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