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.


CGCAS Field Trip
When: Saturday, June 22, 10 am
Where: The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
(Formerly the South Florida Museum)
201 10th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205

As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions -- offering something new to discover with each visit! The first floor features fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest animal inhabitants and archaeological material representing Paleo-Indian, Archaic and pre-contact cultures. You will find the Great Hall, Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery brimming with information and objects that reflect the prehistory of Gulf Coast Florida.

Meet in front of the Museum. Free street parking on 10th St. West in front of the Museum for up to 3 hours. There are also several parking lots convenient to the Museum. Entrance fee is $19 for adults, $17 for those 65 and over, and $14 for college students with ID. 


After we check out the museum, join us for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at O'Bricks Irish Pub, 427 12th St W, Bradenton. O’Bricks is walkable from the Museum, or park at the Pub.
If you plan to go to lunch with us, please RSVP to Marcie Connors at tjconnors@verizon.net.


For more info on the amazing collections at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature go to: https://bishopscience.org/

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

Weeden Island Puncate Bowl which inspired our CGCAS logo!

This vessel is a replica of a Puncate Weeden Island bowl from prior excavations conducted on Weeden Island. The puncate design of the vessel is a unique style variation that began on Weeden Island and can be found in other regions along the Gulf Coast. Broken pottery fragments of this kind are a common artifact found within many burial mounds in the Florida Gulf Coast region.

This model was created with 175 image in Agisoft Metashape Professional 1.5. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

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