Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Rochelle A. Marrinan has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Anthropology since 1982. From 1984 to 2002, she directed the department’s annual spring field schools for undergraduate and graduate students at Mission Patale, the O’Connell Mission site, and the Castro site – all seventeenth-century archaeological locations with Mission-period cultural materials. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and currently serves as department chair.

George Cole, Ph.D, PE, PLS, is a professional engineer, surveyor and physical geographer. He is an adjunct professor at Florida State University. He has served as Chairman of the Jefferson County (Florida) Planning Commission and on the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District. Cole holds a bachelor of science degree from Tulane as well as master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from FSU. He is the author of numerous technical papers as well as several books including Water Boundaries (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) and Surveyor Reference Manual (Professional Publication, 2010). He has also written chapters in Brown’s Boundary Control and Legal Principles (John Wiley & Sons, 2014) and Brown’s Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location (John Wiley & Sons, 2002).

Elizabeth J. Reitz, PhD., Georgia Museum of Natural History . Dr. Reitz is the Director of the University of Georgia Center for Archaeological Sciences. She is a zooarchaeologist who focuses on Latin American and southeastern archaeology with an emphasis on ecological and ecological archaeology. As the head of the zooarchaeology lab and as a consultant, I work with collections management. Her area of expertise includes: Zooarchaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Ecological Anthropology, Collections Management and Latin American and Southeastern Archaeology.

George E. Avery Is currently Director of the Archaeology Lab at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), and has had this title since 2012. His job responsibilities are primarily taking care of the collections according to the standards for certification from the Texas Historical Commission, and he also does various projects outside the University.  He is currently a member of the Register for Professional Archaeologists, the Society for Historical Archaeology, the Texas Folklore Society, Texas Association of Museums, Deep East Texas Archeological Society, the Louisiana Archaeological Society, the Texas Archeological Society, and the East Texas Historical Association.

Dr. John E. Worth is professor of historical archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  He has conducted archaeological and ethnohistorical research for more than three decades in the Southeastern U.S., primarily focusing on the consequences of interaction between Native Americans and Spaniards during the colonial era.  A Georgia native, Dr. Worth received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida in 1992, and spent 15 years in public archaeology program administration in Georgia and Florida before becoming a member of the faculty at UWF in 2007.  He is author of Discovering Florida: First-Contact Narratives of Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast (2014), The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida (1998), The Struggle for the Georgia Coast (1995 & 2007), and more than one hundred-fifty other professional and lay publications and presented papers.​

Mariah D. Wade Ph.D., is an Associate Professor  at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Anthropology. She studies Archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, colonial and post-colonial American Southwest, Iberian Bronze and Iron Ages and Roman Period; Portugal, and North America .



Keith Ashley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida.  His current research focuses on the history and cultures of Native Americans in Florida before and after European arrival.


Robert Thunen is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  His research interests include the Woodland and Mississippian Periods in the Southeastern U.S. and the early historic period in northeast Florida.



George Aaron Broadwell is the Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology at University of Florida.  He received his B.A. from Harvard (1983) and his Ph.D. from UCLA (1990).  He is a linguistic anthropologist with research interests in the indigenous languages of the Southeastern United States and


Marvin T. Smith is Professor of Anthropology at Valdosta State University and author of several works. He will be speaking on the Excavations at the presumptive site of Mission Santa Cruz de Cachipile, a a large, contact period Native American village.



Jerry W. Lee Except for brief dabbles in French Colonial and prehistoric archaeology, Mr. Lee has been involved with Spanish mission archaeology throughout his career.  He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from FSU, attending Dr. Rochelle Marrinan’s field school at the Apalachee mission of  Patale.  He joined the Florida Department of State’s research at Mission San Luis not long after, in 1989.  Mr. Lee feels fortunate to have been able to be a part of San Luis for so long.  He is also gratified to see the research from San Luis translated into faithful reproductions of many of the buildings that once existed here for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Richard W. Jefferies is a professor and  Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. His research interest include Prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies of the Southeastern and Midwestern United States; mortuary/ritual behavior in intermediate level societies,  Mississippian settlement and subsistence systems; lithic analysis; cultural ecology; prehistoric economic and interaction systems and Spanish Mission period in the Southeastern United States.

Alissa Slade-Lotane is the Chief of the Bureau of Historic Preservation at the Florida Department of State and a Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of Florida. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology and a Museum Studies Certification from Florida State University, and a B.S. in History from Troy University.


Dr. Tanya M. Peres is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University. Dr. Peres earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida (2001) and an MA (1997) and BA (1995) from the Florida State University, both in Anthropology. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist since 2001 and has nearly two decades of field and lab experience on academic and applied prehistoric and historic archaeological projects across the Southeastern United States, Panama, Mexico, and Scotland. Dr. Peres’s research interests include the relationships between humans and their environments, humans and animals, foodways, and the incorporation of animals into native worldviews. She currently directs the FSU Apalachee-Spanish Mission Archaeology Project, the FSU Maritime Woodland along the Florida Gulf Coast Project, and the Middle Cumberland Archaeology Project. As a zooarchaeologist Dr. Peres collaborates with local, state, and federal agencies as well as CRM firms. She has researched and published on zooarchaeological topics ranging from ancient and historic subsistence practices to the use of animal bone and teeth implements in indigenous tattooing traditions to the symbolic power of animals in native cosmologies, medicine, and spiritual practices.

Elliot Blair is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. His research sits at the intersection of empirical, archaeometric analyses and a social archaeology of materiality and identity, focusing on questions of population aggregation in the colonial Southeast.


Mary Glowacki  is a State Archaeologist and Chief, Bureau of Archaeological Research. Florida Division of Historical Resources. Mary Glowacki has served as supervisor for its Public Lands Archaeology program. She has been very active in the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (PAST). Mary has taught various courses in anthropology and archaeology at Florida State University Additionally she has overseen a number of grant-funded  archaeological projects in Peru.


Nicholas Yarbrough works for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and he is in his first year of graduate school in the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University. Before his current position at BAR, Nicholas worked for one year as a historical interpreter at Mission San Luis which sparked his interest in Mission archaeology. Since then, he has continued to delve deeper into the history and archaeology of the Spanish periods in Florida. Nicholas’ research interests include Spanish ironworking, weapon and tool diffusion in colonial contexts, and mission land use. He seeks to bring the previous research done at lesser known sites on state lands, such as Mission San Damian, to light and to carry out and promote further research on them.


Willet A. Boyer, III, received his master’s and Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Florida, with a focus on the archaeology of the late precontact, early contact, and mission eras in Florida and the Southeast.  He has worked at multiple early contact and mission sites throughout Florida.  He is a seventh-generation native of Marion County in northern central Florida and currently holds the position of Associate Scholar with the Aucilla Research Institute, Inc.