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December Monthly Meeting

posted Nov 16, 2017, 4:11 AM by Marie Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the first Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology at the Governor Martin House. The Center is located off Lafayette Street, between Seminole Drive and Myers Park Drive, at 1001 De Soto Park Drive. We encourage you to bring a holiday snack to share.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Christopher Moore of the University of South Carolina's Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology who will present "Widespread Platinum Anomaly at the Younger Dryas Boundary: Evidence from North American Sedimentary Sequences."

Previously, a large platinum (Pt) anomaly was reported in the Greenland ice sheet at the Younger Dryas boundary -- 12,800 calibrated years before present (Cal BP). In order to evaluate its geographic extent, fire-assay and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analyses were performed on 11 widely separated archaeological bulk sedimentary sequences. Results indicate a distinct platinum anomaly spread widely across North America and dating to the Younger Dryas onset. The apparent synchroneity of this widespread anomaly is consistent with Greenland ice sheet data that indicate atmospheric input of platinum-rich dust. We expect this anomaly to serve as a widely-distributed time horizon for identification and correlation of the onset of the Younger Dryas climatic episode at 12,800 Cal B.P. This datum will facilitate the dating and correlating of archaeological, paleontological, and paleoenvironmental data between sequences, especially those with limited age control. 

November Meeting - Great Presentation and audience!

posted Nov 8, 2017, 10:30 AM by HaleyMesss   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

We had a great turnout for last night's presentation! Thanks to all of you who attended. Stay tuned for more interesting, informative lectures and a silent auction in celebration of #FloridaArchaeologyMonth in March!Image may contain: one or more people, crowd and indoor

Student Essay Contest - $1,000 Prize, Due January 15, 2018

posted Nov 8, 2017, 10:29 AM by HaleyMesss

Louis D. Tesar Historic Preservation Essay Contest


The Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (PAST), a chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, is holding an essay contest for a prize of $1000. Modeled on the Florida Anthropological Society annual student paper competition, the essay contest will be open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in a collegiate program in archaeology, history, or a related field. Students who wish to enter the contest must be enrolled in a college or university located in Florida or engaged in fieldwork in Florida.


Essays will address the question “What is the benefit of historic preservation and conservation of archaeological sites in Florida?” Essays will be 10-12 pages in length (plus references and images) and must be submitted by email to by Monday, January 15, 2018. Top essay contestants will be asked to summarize their paper in a ten-minute oral presentation, to be given in Tallahassee during the June 5th meeting of PAST. A committee will judge the written essays and oral presentation on: quality of arguments and supporting data, overall contribution to our understanding of historic preservation in Florida, and overall presentation. With permission of the authors, the winning essay will be published on the PAST web site.


November Monthly Meeting

posted Oct 17, 2017, 4:44 AM by Marie Prentice   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 5:40 AM ]

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the first Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology at the Governor Martin House. The Center is located off Lafayette Street, between Seminole Drive and Myers Park Drive, at 
1001 De Soto Park Drive. 
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Guy Prentice of the Southeast Archeological Center as he presents

Castaways: Recognizing Lost Sixteenth Century Europeans on America’s Atlantic Shores

Archeologists involved in the search for evidence of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island are also faced with the question “How will we be able to recognize having found evidence of Roanoke’s lost English colonists living among the natives short of finding someone buried in a metal breastplate and helmet from the sixteenth century?” Simply finding English artifacts dating to the sixteenth century at an otherwise Native American site could be explained as being the result of scavenging behavior by the natives: so what would constitute clear evidence of an English presence? This same question was posed at a site located within Cape Canaveral National Seashore that is interpreted as a sixteenth century French encampment occupied by shipwrecked survivors of the French expeditionary fleet led by Jean Ribault that was destroyed by a hurricane along the coast of Florida in 1565. An overview of the archeological record at the French survivor’s camp is presented as an example of what constitutes evidence of European occupation at what would otherwise be considered a late prehistoric Native American shell midden site.

October Monthly Meeting

posted Sep 28, 2017, 6:06 AM by Marie Prentice

We will FINALLY be gathering for the start of our new season!  Please join us on Tuesday, October 3 as BAR archaeologist and Public Lands Supervisor Julie Duggins discusses Florida's Dugout Canoes: Why Does Gainesville Have More Than Tallahassee? We will convene at 6 pm for an hour of socializing before the 7 pm presentation.  1001 De Soto Park Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

History at High Noon at the MFH

posted Sep 19, 2017, 6:54 AM by Marie Prentice   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 6:55 AM ]

Conservators Jessica Stika and Ileana Olmos of the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research will be giving a presentation at the Museum of Florida History's History at High Noon, Tuesday, September 26.  Check it out if you're in the vicinity!

October Meeting and Fall Kick-Off

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:39 AM by Marie Prentice

Details soon to follow.  Keep an eye on your inbox for details.  Not already a member?  Please click on the "Become a Member" tab on the left side of the screen. See you on October 3!

Kick-Off Postponed

posted Sep 7, 2017, 6:02 PM by Marie Prentice

Due to impending impact of Irma, our primary concern is for our members' safety, as well as the safety of our neighbors across the state.  We are postponing our kick-off until further notice. 


posted Sep 5, 2017, 8:24 AM by Marie Prentice

Hi, All- our Fall Kick-Off was postponed until NEXT TUESDAY, September 12 so it wouldn't conflict with folks being out of town for the holiday weekend.  And now all eyes are on Hurricane Irma.  Please check back here and check your inbox for updates.  Hopefully we'll see you all NEXT WEEK!

Summer Hiatus

posted Jun 7, 2017, 4:38 AM by Marie Prentice

We are currently on summer hiatus.  Please plan on joining us for our Fall Kickoff on Tuesday, September 5.  We'll keep you updated on volunteer opportunities as we receive information.  Thanks for a great season and have a great summer!

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