WELCOME TO CENTRAL GULF COAST ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY (CGCAS),
THE TAMPA BAY CHAPTER OF THE FLORIDA ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY (FAS).


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.


FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH:

Every March, statewide programs and events celebrating Florida Archaeology Month are designed to encourage Floridians and visitors to learn more about the archaeology and history of the state, and to preserve these important parts of Florida's rich cultural heritage. Plan to attend some of the many events throughout Florida during March 2019! A full listing of events can be found on the FAM website's events page 

SHARED COLLECTIONS - SHARED STORIES

Artifacts have a story to tell, and those stories are best when shared. With this in mind, archaeologists, curators, and other professionals must listen to descendant groups and the public about when it is appropriate to make collections open and accessible. We can all learn from the diverse stories these special objects represent.

This year, Florida Archaeology Month celebrates all the museums and institutions across the State making their collections accessible to the public. Check out the Florida Archaeology Month website to find archaeological collections and exhibits you can visit in your community, in traveling exhibitions, and via online galleries and databases.

FAM IS SPONSORED BY:

Florida Public Archaeology Network  Florida Anthropological Society  Florida Archaeological Council  Florida Division of Historical Resources

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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT IT HERE

PROGRAMS & SPEAKERS

Our Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. September through April
at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg