Dr. Judith Ann Bense is the executive director of the University of West Florida's Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, chair of the Department of Anthropology, and founder of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She has led the archaeological excavations of the Hawkshaw area and the Luna shipwrecks off Emanuel Point, among others.
She is the sister of State Representative and former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense.
Education & career
Bense attended Florida State University and graduated with a bachelor's of anthropology in 1967, receiving a master's in 1969. She attended Washington State University and received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1972. She became an adjunct professor at the UWF Panama City campus in 1977 and a full-time professor on the university's main campus in 1980. She is also the host of the short archaeology-themed radio program Unearthing Pensacola, which airs every weekday morning at 7:33am on WUWF.
Awards & recognition
- 2002 – Award of Merit, Society for Historical Archaeology for Contributions to Public Archaeology
- 2001 – Distinguished Teaching Award (at Large), University of West Florida students
- 1999 – Presidential Award. Society for American Archaeology for Leadership in Government Affairs
- 1998 – Ripley P. Bullen Award, Florida Anthropological Society for outstanding achievement in encouraging cooperation between professional and avocational archaeologists
- 1996 – National History Award Medal, Daughters of the American Revolution.
- 1995 – Pensacola Pride Award, Pensacola media in premier year designed to recognize professionals who "Put Pensacola on the Map"
- 1994 – Distinguished Teaching Award. University of West Florida students
- 1990 – Outstanding Performance and Achievement Award. Florida Legislature
- 1986 – National Public Service Award, Department of the Interior National for the Gulf Power Company Archaeology Project: "Hawkshaw."
- 1985 – Who's Who of Florida's Successful Women
- Presidio Santa María de Galve (1698-1719): Struggle for Survival on the Spanish Frontier, 2003
- Archaeology of the Southeastern United States: Paleoindian to World War II, 1994
- Archaeology of Colonial Pensacola 1750-1821: A First Synthesis, 1999
- Underground Pensacola, 1989