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.


INTRODUCING THE MAC PERRY PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION

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In honor of the memory of longtime Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (CGCAS) member Mac Perry’s dedication to bringing archaeological knowledge to the public, CGCAS is starting a student paper competition. Just as Mac did with his book Indian Mounds You Can Visit, CGCAS hopes to promote the dissemination of archaeological research and findings to the general public in an engaging manner through this student paper competition.

The goal of this competition is to encourage students of archaeology, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, to present their research in a way that is interesting and accessible to the general public. Students should try to present their archaeological research in a way that is inspiring, accessible, and interesting, without sacrificing the scholarly content or findings of their work. Papers will be judged on how well they represent this goal. Papers should be 8-10 pages and should be submitted along with a PowerPoint presentation (other presentation formats such as Prezi are also acceptable) to go along with the paper.

The selected student will receive $200 and will be expected to present their work at the March meeting and lecture series of the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (Thursday March 21, 2019) at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center in St Petersburg. The winner must present their paper to the general membership in order to receive their prize. 

Who can submit a paper? Undergraduate or Graduate level students in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or related fields. Papers related to research in Florida or the Southeast are preferred. You can even submit a paper you prepared for something else, or plan to present at an upcoming conference!

Deadline to Submit Paper and Powerpoint: February 13th, 2019 For more information please contact Becky O’Sullivan at rosulliv@usf.edu.

UPCOMING CGCAS FIELD TRIPS

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

FEBRUARY 2019: Ben Bilgri, Archaeological Field Technician
Thursday, February 21, 2019 7 PM – 8 PM at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center History Washing Away: The Archaeological Past and Future of Egmont Key Egmont Key spent most of its existence as an unremarkable, uninhabited...
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JANUARY 2019: Charles Cobb, Florida Museum of Natural History
Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center The Rocky Road from Tampa to Chicasa: Hernando de Soto’s Tribulations in the Interior Southeast The beginnings of the journey of the members of...
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DECEMBER 2018: 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 to take part in an ancient practice: fishing. Whether for...
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NOVEMBER 2018: 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 on Columbus's second voyage, noted in a letter, that the...
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OCTOBER 2018: 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 its role in Terminal Archaic/Transitional and Early Woodland developments on...
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SEPTEMBER 2018: 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 a given. But the vast majority of human history was...
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