Learn more about Gulf Archaeology Research Institute

We are the only non-profit scientific institute in central Florida

The Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) is a non-profit scientific research group based in Crystal River, Florida. The Institute has a long-term commitment to research prehistoric, historic, and underwater archaeology of Florida. The research objectives include the study of the origins of complex pre-Columbian cultures in maritime and riverine environments; the story of the relationships between the aboriginal cultures of Florida and Euro-american and the effect of contact; the study of the formation, deposition, and preservation of submerged, inundated and wet archaeological sites, historic shipwrecks; and the archaeology of the Seminole Wars in Florida. The institute has a strong program devoted to restoring disturbed sites and planning their long-term protection.


Latest Exciting News!

GARI presents at the 49th annual conference for the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Gulf Archaeology was invited to participate in the session titled "Digging with the National Park Service Americann Battlefield Protection Program - New Battlefield Research to Start the Next 100 Years". Our paper was well received. Click below to read a transcript and view the presentation slides.


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Current Projects

  • Citrus County Courthouse Museum

    Jill Principe is working with the Citrus County Historical Society to help them update their displays. Stay tuned for updates on her progress!

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  • GARI & Fort King in the News

    GARI and the City of Ocala just submitted a large grant hoping to raise enough money to re-construct Fort King

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  • Battle of the Withlacoochee

    GARI received a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program to research this early battle of the Second Seminole War.

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  • Chinsegut Plantation

    GARI recently completed a comprehensive archaeological and landscape study for this historic plantation, which dates back to 1842.

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