CGCAS since 1977
We are a non-profit organization consisting of members from all walks of life, who 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 and hobbyist members who enjoy learning the history of the peoples who preceded us here in Florida and to study the artifacts they left behind.
Join our Society
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Florida's cultural past and who is dedicated to the understanding and preservation of that heritage. CGCAS conducts field trips to archaeological and historical sites, assists professional archaeologists in surveys and excavations, performs laboratory analysis, and prepares reports of its findings. A monthly newsletter keeps members up to date on the Society's activities.
Support Our Programs
The monthly CGCAS Archaeology Lecture series is sponsored by the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) and held at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center (1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg, Florida). All talks are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but to RSVP please visit our Facebook Page or the Weedon Island Eventbrite Page.
The CGCAS monthly lectures have moved to a digital format. We are using the Zoom platform. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Zoom, here are PDF Instructions to help you set up Zoom and participate in the lecture. Please follow the steps prior to the meeting to be ready to view the lecture. The registration link will be provided with the Lecture Announcement or on our Facebook Event Page. The CGCAS Archaeology Lecture series is sponsored by the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE).
Thursday, November 18, 2021: Five Millennia of Environmental Changes in the Coastal Southeast
Katharine Napora, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Dr. Napora will present insights into over 5000 years of coastal paleoenvironmental changes based on analyses of ancient buried bald cypress trees recovered from the Georgia Coast. Information from tree rings and chemical analyses, supported by other lines of environmental proxy data, reveals changes in rainfall, sea-level, hurricane frequency, and ecological stability in antiquity. This information about the ancient environment provides a long-term comparative framework for understanding cultural changes in the Southeast U.S. through time.
Thursday, October 21, 2021: Finding Angola: A Visual Tour of the Manatee Mineral Spring Site
Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology, New College of Florida
Freedom-seeking people found a haven of liberty on the Manatee River from the 1770s until 1821. The maroon community known as Angola, destroyed just as Spain transferred Florida to the United States, had its memory nearly lost. Looking for Angola launched a public anthropology program in 2004 involving local and descendant communities culminating in a Network to Freedom designation, recognizing the place now known as Bradenton as part of the southern route of the underground railroad.
This presentation offers an hour-long 2021 film following the lead archaeologist on a tour of the Manatee Mineral Spring, the location of January 2020 excavations revealing details for the daily life of the maroons, also known as Black Seminoles or African Seminoles.
Thursday, September 16, 2021: THE ANCIENT MOUND-BUILDERS OF TOMOKA
Jon Endonino, Ph.D, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Endonino will present excavation and analyses results from Phase 2 of the Tomoka Archaeology project where ecological data was collected in order to determine the environmental conditions that existed when Mount Taylor hunter-gathers settled and constructed the mounds, earth- and shell-works, and the attending rituals during the Thornhill Lake phase (5600-4700 cal BP). Environmental data are combined with radiocarbon dates and analyses of artifacts in order to situate mound-building in time and in relation to other people across Florida and beyond.
FAS William C. Lazarus Memorial Award Announcement
As a longtime active member and officer of the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (CGCAS), Linda Allred is involved in many field projects, conducts historical research, and regularly organizes public outreach events in the St. Petersburg area.
She has been involved in field, lab, and documentary research on numerous sites in Pinellas County, including Maximo Beach, Narvaez/Anderson, and Bayshore Homes, and Kuttler Mound, among others, and was instrumental in initiating long-term research at the latter two sites. Based in part on this research, the Kuttler Mound was purchased by the city of St. Petersburg and incorporated into its park system. Her educational displays highlight CGCAS activities and Florida archaeology and have been well received by the public for their educational and attractive content.
Historical research also has benefitted from Linda’s enthusiasm. She collects important historical facts about St. Petersburg and Pinellas County by studying antique post cards, early maps and aerial photographs, and archival newspapers. Linda also has worked closely with avocational archaeologists Lyman Warren and Frank Bushnell to record their reminiscences about early archaeology in Florida. Her extensive interview with Frank Bushnell was included in the grant-funded excavation report on Bayshore Homes.
Linda has served as the CGCAS President, Vice President, and Director, and is currently Chapter Secretary and field trip coordinator. In 2002, she received an FAS Certificate of Achievement for her enthusiastic work with CGCAS. In 2002 and 2008, Linda was involved in the planning and publicity of FAS Annual Meetings hosted by CGCAS. She currently assists in producing the CGCAS Bulletin, a twice-yearly publication for members that presents non-technical articles about Florida archaeology.
Linda is a strong advocate for site preservation in Pinellas County. She attends public meetings and contacts local representatives regarding preservation issues on a regular basis. It is an honor to recognize Linda Allred’s achievements and dedication to archaeology with the 2021 FAS Lazarus Award.