NEW HISTORIES OF VILLAGE LIFE AT CRYSTAL RIVER

NEW HISTORIES OF VILLAGE LIFE AT CRYSTAL RIVER by Dr. Thomas Pluckhahn

CGCAS September 2018 Archaeology Talk: NEW HISTORIES OF VILLAGE LIFE AT CRYSTAL RIVER by Dr. Thomas Pluckhahn, USF Department of Anthropology

Posted by Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thomas J. Pluckhahn, PhD - Professor, University of South Florida (September 20, 2018)

Today, more than half of the earth’s seven 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 lived in communities of much smaller size. For social and biological scientists, the decision our ancestors made to begin living in larger communities is part of the larger puzzle of the evolution of cooperation: why and how did individuals choose to subsume their self-interests to those of larger social groups?

The transition to village life began some 10,000 years ago in the Middle East. In eastern North America, villages became common in the Woodland period, from around 1000 BC to AD 1050. Among the more prominent of these was the village that developed at the famous Crystal River site, north of Tampa. Recent research at Crystal River contributes to our understanding of the way villages form, grow, and eventually dissolve.

De Soto Slept Here, Not There: The Archaeology of Early Contact and Missions Sites in Northern Central Florida and the Making and Exposure of an Archaeological Hoax

Willet A. Boyer III, Ph.D. - Aucilla Research Institute (April 19, 2018)

The Marion County region of northern central Florida was the location of three of the Timucuan chiefdoms Ocale, Potano and Acuera, referred to in accounts of the Hernando de Soto entrada, as well as several seventeenth-century mission sites. Claims were made in the popular press in 2012 that the so-called "White Ranch Site", 8MR3538, in this region represented the early contact and mission-era site of Potano. Long-term research at the Hutto/Martin Site (8MR3447) and the Richardson Site (8AL100) has confirmed that these sites represent genuine early contact and mission sites, while archaeological study at the purported "White Ranch Site" revealed no precontact, early contact, or mission-era site ever existed there. The results of study at these and other sites will be presented, and avenues for future long-term research in this region discussed.

Part One: De Soto Slept Here, Not There

CGCAS April 2018 Lecture - De Soto Slept Here, Not There

De Soto Slept Here, Not There: The Archaeology of Early Contact and Missions Sites in Northern Central Florida and the Making and Exposure of an Archaeological HoaxWillet A. Boyer III, Ph.D.Aucilla Research InstituteThe Marion County region of northern central Florida was the location of three of the Timucuan chiefdoms Ocale, Potano and Acuera, referred to in accounts of the Hernando de Soto entrada, as well as several seventeenth-century mission sites. Claims were made in the popular press in 2012 that the so-called "White Ranch Site", 8MR3538, in this region represented the early contact and mission-era site of Potano. Long-term research at the Hutto/Martin Site (8MR3447) and the Richardson Site (8AL100) has confirmed that these sites represent genuine early contact and mission sites, while archaeological study at the purported "White Ranch Site" revealed no precontact, early contact, or mission-era site ever existed there. The results of study at these and other sites will be presented, and avenues for future long-term research in this region discussed.

Posted by Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society on Thursday, April 19, 2018

PART TWO: De Soto Slept Here, Not There

Vertebrate Fossils & Cultural Modification

CGCAS/AWIARE Lecture "Vertebrate Fossils & Cultural Modification" by Robert Sinibaldi Ph.D.

January 2018 CGCAS/AWIARE Lecture "Vertebrate Fossils & Cultural Modification" by Robert Sinibaldi Ph.D.The cultural modification of bones, antlers, and teeth by Paleoindians and those Native Americans that followed could constitute a book unto itself. Join the The Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education in cunjuction with the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society for a presentation from Dr. Robert Sinibldi on the subjects of his latest book What Your Fossils Can Tell You: Vertebrate Morphology, Pathology, and Cultural Modification. As a rule of thumb many use the 10,000 year mark as a limit for what is fossilized and what is considered sub-fossil. Therefore in North America there is a short geological window where culturally modified items of bone, antler, and teeth could also be fossilized. Many of the items that will be presented might be considered sub-fossil – however, they could/should still represent culturally what could have existed during the Paleoindian time period.

Posted by Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Robert Sinibaldi Ph.D. (January 18, 2018)

The cultural modification of bones, antlers, and teeth by Paleoindians and those Native Americans that followed could constitute a book unto itself. Join the The Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education in conjunction with the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society for a presentation from Dr. Robert Sinibldi on the subjects of his latest book "What Your Fossils Can Tell You: Vertebrate Morphology, Pathology, and Cultural Modification".

As a rule of thumb many use the 10,000 year mark as a limit for what is fossilized and what is considered sub-fossil. Therefore in North America there is a short geological window where culturally modified items of bone, antler, and teeth could also be fossilized. Many of the items that will be presented might be considered sub-fossil – however, they could/should still represent culturally what could have existed during the Paleoindian time period.

Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s Colony & Fleet

CGCAS/AWIARE February Lecture: Archaeology Lecture Series: Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano's Colony & Fleet

In 1559, a Spanish fleet sailed into Pensacola Bay, Florida, to found a colony. What would have been a self-sustaining and permanent colony in the present-day United States was destroyed almost as soon as it began when a powerful hurricane struck, sinking most of the ships and much of the colonists’ food supplies. In 1992, one of the ships of the lost fleet was discovered, a second was found in 2006, and a third in 2016. In 2015, the UWF archaeology program announced the finding of the Luna settlement land site. The investigation of the ships (dubbed Emanuel Point I, II, and III) and the settlement site by the University of West Florida’s Archaeology Program is revealing fascinating information about early Spanish colonization, seafaring, ship construction, and material culture. This is a multi-component project incorporating both terrestrial, underwater archaeology, and documents research as part of its overall research design, while incorporating a curriculum and training program for both undergraduate and graduate students.The featured speaker for this lecture will be Dr. John R. Bratten of the University of West Florida. This program is sponsored by the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society, and the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education.

Posted by Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dr. John R. Bratten of the University of West Florida (February 15, 2018)

In 1559, a Spanish fleet sailed into Pensacola Bay, Florida, to found a colony. What would have been a self-sustaining and permanent colony in the present-day United States was destroyed almost as soon as it began when a powerful hurricane struck, sinking most of the ships and much of the colonists’ food supplies. In 1992, one of the ships of the lost fleet was discovered, a second was found in 2006, and a third in 2016. In 2015, the UWF archaeology program announced the finding of the Luna settlement land site.

The investigation of the ships (dubbed Emanuel Point I, II, and III) and the settlement site by the University of West Florida’s Archaeology Program is revealing fascinating information about early Spanish colonization, seafaring, ship construction, and material culture. This is a multi-component project incorporating both terrestrial, underwater archaeology, and documents research as part of its overall research design, while incorporating a curriculum and training program for both undergraduate and graduate students.