Welcome to Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (CGCAS), the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society.

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CGCAS was organized in 1977. We are a State-chartered non-profit organization and have dozens of members from all walks of life. We are dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Florida’s great cultural heritage. Many of our members have professional association with archaeology, but we also have avocational/hobbyist members who enjoy being able to learn the history of the peoples who preceded us here in Florida and to study the artifacts they left behind.

Membership is open to anyone with a sincere interest in the cultural past of Florida and who is dedicated to the understanding and preservation of that heritage. Monthly meetings are held at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center in St. Petersburg. CGCAS conducts field trips to archaeological and historical sites, assists professional archaeologists in surveys and excavations, performs laboratory analysis of artifacts and fauna, and prepares reports of its findings. A monthly newsletter keeps members up to date on the Society’s activities, upcoming events, book reviews, and other archaeological news.

POSTS & INFORMATION

DECEMBER SPEAKER: Ginessa Mahar, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Florida
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7 PM – 8 PM at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center Millions of people venture out into Florida’s coastal waters each year...
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NOVEMBER SPEAKER: Dr. Anna Dixon of USF St. Petersburg
"The first written description of what may be tattooing in the Americas was reported by Columbus's crew members on his first voyages to the New World.  Dr. Diego Alverez Chanca, a physician...
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OCTOBER SPEAKER: Bob Austin, PhD of Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research
REVISITING PERICO ISLAND Archaeological investigation at the Perico Island North Midden (8MA6A) in 2016 and 2017 uncovered new data on this complex and intriguing site resulting in a reinterpretation of...
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SEPTEMBER SPEAKER: Dr. Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Professor, Dept of Anthropology at USF
New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River Today, more than half of the earth’s 7 billion people live in cities, and we take the benefits—and challenges—of urban life as...
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2019 FAS Annual Meeting May 10-12, 2019

Where were you in 1969? The Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) held its annual meetings and conference in Crystal River that year!

For 2019,  Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society and Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Central Region are honored to co-host the 71st Annual Meeting of FAS. The meeting will take place in the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River.