JANUARY 2019 SPEAKER: Heather Walsh Haney

THE SCIENCE AND ART OF READING BONES On January 8, 2019 we welcome Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Heather Walsh Haney for a presentation titled “The Science and Art of Reading Bones.” Dr. Walsh-Haney is an Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University who studied at the University of Florida under Dr….

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DECEMBER 2018 SPEAKER: Christian Davenport

THE PREHISTORY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY Similar to Sarasota County, Palm Beach County has a Historical Preservation Element in their Comprehensive Plan and includes an Archaeological and Historic Preservation Ordinance in their Unified Land Development Code. Mr. Davenport will give an overview of the prehistory of Palm Beach County in…

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NOVEMBER 2018 SPEAKER: Dr. Anthony Randazzo

GEOLOGIC HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS AND LITTLE SALT SPRINGS Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Springs are well known for their warm mineralized water and importance ecologically, archaeologically, and recreationally. The intimate relationship between land and sea have sculpted these features which represent unique geologic entities whose…

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OCTOBER 2018 SPEAKER: Ted Ehmann

CLAY SOURCING BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLE OF FLORIDA Educator, ceramic researcher, WMS/LSSAS member Ted Ehmann, will give a presentation on a research passion that led to a paper he has submitted for publication in the Florida Anthropologist “Investigating The Existence Of Clay Beds Sourced By The Aboriginal People For Ceramic Production…

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SEPTEMBER 2018 SPEAKER: Kathy Gerace

HISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY OF THREE LOYALIST PLANTATIONS  SAN SALVADOR ISLAND, BAHAMAS During the 1970’s archaeological studies were made of three slave plantations on the island of San Salvador in The Bahamas. These were the first systematic studies of Loyalist plantations in The Bahamas, and provided extensive information about the way of…

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MAY 2018 SPEAKER: John McCarthy

HISTORY AT THE WATER’S EDGE About 7,200 years old and buried 21 feet deep below the Gulf of Mexico, 350 yards off Manasota Key is an extremely well preserved human burial site. Archaeologists are exploring what has been termed a “globally significant” discovery. National Geographic calls it an “unprecedented” find….

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MARCH 2018 SPEAKER: Irv Quitmyer

INDIAN MOUNDS OF THE CAPE CANAVERAL SEASHORE Zooarchaeologist Irvy Quitmyer is a long-time researcher at the Florida Museum, and was collection manager from 2001-2016. His work focuses on the animal remains from sites in southeastern North America and the circum-Caribbean region. Quitmyer’s research specialty is the study of season of…

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FEBRUARY 2018 SPEAKER: Dorothy Block

PALEO AND PASTEL: ANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE PALM BEACHES Pre-Columbian and historic Palm Beach County is the topic of our February 13 meeting by anthropologist and archaeologist Dorothy Block. Using archival photographs from the Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades, and scholarly sources, Block presents a survey of…

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JANUARY 2018 SPEAKER: Jeff Moates

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE STEWARDSHIP THROUGH HERITAGE MONITORING Join us to learn about a new program initiated by the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). Jeff Moates, director of the FPAN West Central Region office at USF will discuss the “Heritage Monitoring Scouts” program. Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida) is a public engagement…

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DECEMBER 2017 SPEAKER: Dr. Bernice Jones

HAUTE COUTURE IN ANCIENT GREECE: THE SPECTACULAR WORLD OF ARIADNE AND HELEN OF TROY This lecture brings to life the fabulous world of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations of 2000-1200 B.C.E. immortalized by Homer. By stepping through time into their splendid palaces decorated with scenes of courtly life, their special…

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NOVEMBER 2017 SPEAKER: FGCU graduate student Katarina Stroh

THE WEDGWORTH MIDDEN FIELD SCHOOL & EXCAVATION The Wedgworth Midden is a tree-island site located in Belle Glade, Florida; just south of Lake Okeechobee. This site, along with other tree-island sites, plays a significant role in the analysis of prehistoric life in the everglades. The Wedgworth Midden provides insight to…

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OCTOBER 2017 SPEAKER: Archaeologist Kathy Gerace

WHERE DID COLUMBUS FIRST LAND IN 1492? THE DESCRIPTIVE AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE For nearly 500 years there was controversy among scholars and lay people over the exact location of Columbus’ first landfall on his maiden voyage in 1492. A review of historic documents, maps, and descriptive photos will be discussed…

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