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.
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.
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).
April 2021: Florida’s Forgotten City: The Archaeology of the Lost City of St. Joseph
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida
Situated along the banks of St. Joseph’s Bay in northwest Florida, the antebellum city of St. Joseph played a foundational role in Florida’s early political and economic history.
March 2021: Bioarchaeological Investigations of The Red House Archaeological Site, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Patrisha L. Meyers-Gidusko, M.A., RPA
Project Manager for FPAN’s Heritage Monitoring Scouts
In 2013, structural assessments associated with ongoing renovations of the Red House, Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament building, revealed human remains buried beneath the foundation.
*Due to the sensitive nature of the information provided during this lecture, this talk will not be recorded for future viewing.*
February 2021: Tampa Bay Archaeology
Two winners of the 2019 Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) and Levett Foundation Grant, Kendal Jackson and Heather Draskovich, will discuss their winning research in the Tampa Bay area.
Read their lecture abstracts and biographies, and WATCH THE PRESENTATION VIDEO
December: Grotesques of the Southeast
S. Margaret Spivey-Faulkner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta
A new reanalysis of the large assemblage of zoomorphic carvings excavated at the Fort Center archaeological site in south Florida has revealed what appears to be a nearly 1,000-year rooftop sculptural tradition in the American southeast.
November: Forgotten Ecologies
Christopher A. Kiahtipes, Ph.D.,
Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment, University of South Florida
Humans leave lasting environmental legacies on the landscapes they occupy. From the fire-stick to the farm, human interventions in ecological process have important ramifications for future vegetation cover.
October: Gulf Coast Archaeology
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida
M.A. Student, Geology Department, University of Georgia
Two winners of the 2019 and 2020 Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) and Levett Foundation Grant discuss their winning research along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
September: Once There Was A Mound . . .
Robert Austin, Ph.D.
Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, Inc.
During the third week of July 1950, bulldozers began chewing away at the sides of a large shell mound in downtown St. Petersburg, bringing to an end a once iconic landmark.
In Memoriam: Tom Connors (1944 – 2020)
Attending high school in Pittsburgh, PA, Tom entered the United States Air Force, after which he attended The University of Pittsburgh, graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, P.E. After working for Johnson Controls, he was employed by The Department of Justice/Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C. During retirement he enjoyed working and volunteering with The Florida Aquarium’s dive team as a Dive Master. He was also involved with the Aquarium’s Coral Spawn Project in the Keys. Tom also enjoyed scuba diving, golf, videography/video editing, tinkering in his garage, and travel with his wife of 50 years, Marcie. He was a member of the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society and served on their Board of Directors and as an Officer. Tom’s warm personal Irish charm and quick wit, along with his gift of story-telling and vivacious spirit, was loved by all.