The Pensacola Archaeological Society (PAS) is a group of people of all ages with an interest in archaeology. PAS has about 100 members and they come from diverse backgrounds, but all have an interest in preserving, protecting, and studying our past cultures through archaeological investigations and the historical record. Each meeting includes a little business, updates on the archaeological work being done locally and state-wide, a presentation about some aspect of archaeology, and a social period with refreshments at the end.
The Pensacola Archaeological Society works closely with the Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida, and it furnishes volunteer workers for many of their field and lab projects. Members also participate in public archaeology projects in the Panhandle of Northwest Florida in cooperation with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Northwest Region. These events include the Florida Archaeology Month celebrations held each year during March, Archaeology Day events, and lab activities throughout the year.
In addition to public outreach projects, twice a year in March and October, the Pensacola Archaeological Society presents two $400 Student Awards grants to UWF Archaeology students. The students use the funds for such things as attending a regional or national conference to present papers or posters, traveling to do research on their thesis topics, or funding radiocarbon dates.