- Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society is the Tampa Bay chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, and 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.
MEET THE BOARD OF CGCAS
President: Jaime Rogers
Vice President: Bob Austin
Treasurer: Kassie Kemp (Membership)
Secretary: Lauren Levy
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.
LINKS TO OUR ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS
Florida Anthropological Society
Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, Inc.
Florida Public Archaeology Network
Weedon Island Preserve
Florida Division of Historical Resources
Southeastern Archaeological Conference
Society for American Archaeology
Society for Applied Anthropology
Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage
National Park Service