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Elizabeth (Liz) Southard has 11 years of archaeological field experience, including three years of experience within Cultural Resource Management. Ms. Southard received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg and her M.A. in Applied Anthropology (Archaeology Track) from the University of South Florida Tampa.


Most of her experience comes from Florida and Georgia projects on which she worked as a Project Archaeologist or Field Director. Ms. Southard was also selected to be part of a team of researchers on an NSF-funded ethnoarchaeology project in the south-western highlands of Ethiopia. Additionally, Liz currently serves as Vice President for the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE), which is a non-profit organization that strives to promote and facilitate archaeological research, offers student grants, and facilitates public education in Tampa Bay, Florida.


Ms. Southard has extensive experience performing standard field techniques, managing an archaeological laboratory, and conducting seasonality analyses on faunal assemblages. She also has a specialized focus in understanding depositional practices of Southeastern archaeological sites with shell midden and shell mound features. Her main areas of interest include subsistence practices, seasonality studies, and settlement patterns during the Woodland period in the southeast. Ms. Southard is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA). ​

Elizabeth Southard

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