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See you in September!

posted Jun 7, 2019, 3:53 AM by MC Prentice

We will be taking a summer hiatus and will see you on the SECOND Tuesday of the month, Tuesday, September 10.  Check back here, or on our Facebook page for more details.  Have a safe and happy summer!

June Monthly Meeting

posted May 8, 2019, 5:40 AM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 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. Reception begins at 6:30. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Please join us as we welcome avocational archaeologist Lou Hill and FSU graduate student Danielle Dozier as they present their research on destruction of the 1837 Apalachicola waterfront. Representing eight years of excavations and historic research, it presently includes a collaborative effort with the FSU Anthropology Department to analyze and interpret several of the waterfront building sites.

May Monthly Meeting

posted Apr 16, 2019, 10:22 AM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 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. Reception begins at 6:30. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Please join us as Dr. Sarah Craft discusses the archaeology of travel and pilgrimage infrastructure, based on her recent 500 mile-long walk across northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago, a medieval Christian pilgrimage route that is still popular today as a UNESCO World Heritage Route. Even as it connected major and minor cities and shrines along the way to the sanctuary of St James in Santiago de Compostela, the Camino also linked the religious, political, and economic spheres of medieval and early modern Spain in a way that mirrors Florida’s own Camino Real’s purpose in connecting the settlements and missions of Spanish Florida in the 16th and 17th centuries. In this talk, Sarah will discuss the material signature of patterns of movement through the landscape using the lens of travel and pilgrimage infrastructure. 


Congratulations Ed Green!

posted Apr 4, 2019, 10:37 AM by MC Prentice

A hearty congratulations to long-time PAST board member and original member, Ed Green!  Ed was nominated for the Society for American Archaeology Crabtree award with over 30 letter of support, and was presented with a special plaque. Thanks for all you do to protect our non-renewable cultural resources, Ed!


Mounds Symposium

posted Mar 13, 2019, 5:42 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 5:42 AM ]

Join PAST and the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research Saturday, March 16 from 10 to 2 at the Museum of Florida History, 500 S. Bronough St. in Tallahassee. Leading experts and will give presentations throughout the day on research conducted at select prehistoric mounds of North Florida. Archaeologists will also be on hand inside the Museum's gallery.

Tours of the Bureau of Archaeological Research Conservation facility will also be provided. Parking and admission are free. Refreshments will be provided.

April Monthly Meeting

posted Mar 6, 2019, 6:00 AM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, April 2 , 2019, 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. Reception begins at 6:30. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Please join us as our own Julie Duggins will present the results of archival research and archaeological investigations into the life of former slave Frank Cline, longtime caretaker at Goodwood. Truly a joint effort, PAST was assisted by SEAC, TCC and FSU to bring into focus the life Mr. Cline who achieved a level of prosperity by the time of his death.

March Monthly Meeting

posted Feb 6, 2019, 4:13 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 4:21 AM ]

Dr. Sam Wilford
We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, March 5 , 2019, 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. Reception begins at 6:30. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Please join us as BAR's Dr. Sam Wilford discusses Bricks: Fabric of Florida

Bricks, in spite of what you are probably thinking, are fascinating. Found in a diverse range of places, including colonial fortifications, antebellum plantations, lighthouses, railroad depots, bridges and hotels, they can shed light on over 300 years of technological and social change. Despite being one of the most prolific types of artifacts found in Florida, bricks are frequently overlooked or discarded. This talk highlights the intriguing history of brickmaking in Florida by exploring the growing statewide reference collection created by the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research.  An assortment of bricks will be introduced, all of which tell tales of historic structures and characters from across the United States and beyond.

February Monthly Meeting

posted Jan 29, 2019, 12:10 PM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 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. Reception begins at 6:30. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Michael Seibert, Resource Manager at Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia is our featured speaker. Fort Frederica was established by General James Oglethorpe in 1763 with the aim of solidifying England’s claim on Georgia and South Carolina and protecting Charleston and Savannah against Spanish raids. Michael will be discussing previous archaeological investigations at the Fort, which became a federal monument in 1946, as well as recent surveys conducted by the Southeast Archeological Center.

January Monthly Meeting

posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:32 AM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2018, the SECOND 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. Reception begins at 6:30. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Alexandra Parsons, of the National Park Service's Southeast Archeological Center

Archeological Investigations at the Totten Key Complex – A Site with Possible Ties to the Sixteenth Century Spanish Mission at Tequesta

The Totten Key Complex (8DA3439) is located in southeast Florida in Biscayne National Park. Recent excavations by the National Park Service unearthed a surprising amount of early Spanish artifacts. The site represents approximately 900 years of Native American occupation from circa A.D. 750 to 1650. Native American ceramic fragments recovered at the site testify to trade connections throughout the state of Florida. Early Spanish artifacts may suggest direct ties with the Spanish mission at the nearby main village of Tequesta, which lasted from 1567 to early 1568. 

December Montly Meeting

posted Nov 14, 2018, 6:34 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 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. Reception begins at 6:30. This will be our holiday meeting and we encourage you to bring a festive snack to share.

Please join us in welcoming not just to PAST, but to Tallahassee, FSU Assistant Professor Dr. Tom Leppard.

Archaeology of an (almost) desert island: Survey and excavation on Alamagan, Western Pacific

The archaeology of the officially uninhabited northern Mariana Islands (an island chain stretching north from Guam towards the Japanese Volcano Islands) is very poorly known. In this talk I discuss an archaeological expedition undertaken by IARII, with the logistical support of NOAA, to these islands in 2014. During this expedition we undertook the first excavation and systematic survey on the island of Alamagan, the tip of an otherwise submerged stratovolcano lying between Guguan and Pagan. I discuss the abundant evidence for pre-Magellanic settlement, and in particular settlement associated with the Latte Period (so-called for its distinctive megalithic architecture). I also present the first radiocarbon dates for the island, considering how they buttress an increasingly clear chronology for a relatively late colonization of the northern Marianas, and the implications of this late colonization. 

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