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May Monthly Meeting

posted Apr 16, 2018, 7:12 AM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 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. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.

Please join us as we congratulate the Louis Tesar Essay Contest winner, Emilee McGann! Emilee will be presenting her winning essay "Florida's Cultural and Historical Resources: What We've Learned, What We've Earned, and What We May Lose" 

The people of Florida have put great emphasis on historic conservation and archaeological site preservation for the past century. Namely, efforts have been for the purpose of preserving common heritage and economic growth. However, as climate change and sea-level rise progress, many historic and archaeological sites in Florida are at great risk of being lost, damaged, or destroyed. Join me as we explore what we’ve learned and what we’ve earned as a result of past preservation efforts, and what we may lose if we do not prepare for the threat climate change presents. 

April Monthly Meeting

posted Mar 23, 2018, 1:17 PM by MC Prentice

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 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. We encourage you to bring a snack to share.
Please join us as we welcome Bureau of Archaeological Research's Nicholas Yarborough as he discusses his research at the Spanish mission site, Mission San Damian de Escambe.

An Overview of Past Excavations, Interpretations, and Current Questions at 8LE120, Mission San Damian de Escambe

 

Mission San Damian de Escambe was founded in 1639 after the chief of the village of Escambe, also known as Cupaica, was baptized in St. Augustine. It was home to hundreds of families during the peak of the mission period in Apalachee territory. In 1704, this mission met the same fate as the rest of the missions of Florida when they were destroyed by forces marshaled by James Moore. B. Calvin Jones first identified the site in 1968 during a survey of proposed borrow pits slated for use in the construction of Interstate 10. As construction of the interstate continued, burials were revealed by nearby workers using an excavating machine. Jones mapped all 143 burials, excavated 42 of them, but fully recorded only five. He also noted the locations of numerous postmolds around the burials and interpreted them as markers or dividers within a cemetery. In 2013, 8LE120 was tested again by BAR archaeologist Jerry Lee who excavated some of the postmolds, used GPR to identify and test anomalies, and performed shovel testing to the west of what Jones had originally excavated. In addition to the historical background of the site, this presentation will explore the archaeology of 8LE120, re-examining the features, artifacts, and previous interpretations of the site, and will propose questions for future research. 

Wonderful Opportunity!

posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:31 AM by MC Prentice


Silent Auction and Rummage Sale!

posted Mar 1, 2018, 5:28 AM by MC Prentice


March Monthly Meeting and Silent Auction/Rummage Sale!

posted Feb 12, 2018, 6:58 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 5:20 AM ]

We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, March 6, the first Tuesday of the month, at 6:00 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 note our meeting will begin one hour earlier than usual so folks have a chance to purchase rummage sale items and place bids on silent auction items. Lecture will begin at 7 pm.

Please join us as we welcome Josh Goodwin of the Bureau of Archaeological Research

“Flocking to the Solstice: An Analysis of Avian Remains from a Civic-Ceremonial Center on the Florida Gulf Coast”

 

Recent excavations at Shell Mound (8LV42), a civic-ceremonial center on the northern Gulf Coast of Florida, have revealed many pit features with vertebrate faunal remains.  One such feature, a large, silo-shaped pit yielded a proportionately large number of skeletal elements identified to several species of waterbirds, a trait unique among contemporaneous sites reported within the area. The archaeological record of pre-Columbian cultures of the North American Southeast demonstrates the ritual importance of birds in the form of effigy pipes, copper and mica cutouts, and mortuary vessels that extend well into and beyond the first millennium A.D. Given the spatial and temporal relationship of Shell Mound with a large mortuary facility (Palmetto Mound), and the relationship of the faunal contents with recurring iconographic characters of this time period, the faunal assemblage from Feature 25 should be expected to represent practices outside of everyday subsistence. Based upon the presence of juvenile white ibis elements, which offer a proxy for the timing of capture for this apparently ritually charged class of animal, the presence of waterbird elements recovered in this context are proposed to represent ritualized deposition coinciding with events surrounding the summer solstice.

 

February Monthly Meeting-change of venue!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 10:29 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 10:31 AM ]

Please note, our February monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, February 1, the first Thursday of the month and will be held at Mission San Luis, 2100 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304.  A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6 pm followed by this month's presentation at 6:30.

PAST and Mission San Luis are joining together to welcome Dr. John Worth of the University of West Florida.

In 1992, the discovery of the Emanuel Point I shipwreck in Pensacola Bay marked the first direct archaeological trace of the 1559-1561 colonial expedition of don Tristán de Luna y Arellano to Florida, the landing site of which had long been suspected to be somewhere on Pensacola Bay.  In 2006, further survey by the University of West Florida resulted in the discovery of the Emanuel Point II wreck just four hundred meters away.  And in 2015, the discovery of the Luna settlement site itself less than a kilometer away on the terrace overlooking both wrecks led to further archaeological survey and testing in 2016 and 2017, including two summer field schools at the 13-hectare site, along with the discovery of the Emanuel Point III wreck even closer to the shore.  As a result of these discoveries, archaeologists have been presented with an unprecedented opportunity to conduct long-term study on a huge if short-lived mid-16th-century Spanish colonial settlement with a cluster of at least three directly-associated shipwrecks just offshore.  The Luna archaeological district on Pensacola Bay promises to give us an unparalleled opportunity to explore both the colony itself and eventually as many as six of the ships that carried the colonists to Florida, and Dr. Worth's presentation will provide an update on current research into the settlement.


January Monthly Meeting

posted Dec 12, 2017, 8:37 AM by MC Prentice

SCHEDULE CHANGE!  Please note our next meeting will be held the SECOND Tuesday in January as the first Tuesday falls immediately after the New Year's holidayWe will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 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. 
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Paulette McFadden of the Bureau of Archaeological Research.

Washington Hall: Reconstructing the History of a Tallahassee Frontier Hotel

By Paulette S. McFadden, Ph.D.

 

Washington Hall was central to the early development of the City of Tallahassee and the State of Florida. Constructed between 1825 and 1828 by Joseph R. Betton, it was one of only four hotels in the frontier town. Located on the southeast corner of South Monroe and East Lafayette Streets (now Apalachee Parkway), the hotel faced the newly constructed log capital building and served as a place for civic and religious activities in addition to providing room and board for guests. Throughout its life, the hotel was owned by several prominent early Tallahasseans, individuals who were instrumental in the development of the early frontier town, including Joseph R. Betton, Richard Keith Call, and David Shelby Walker.  Ironically, Washington Hall was the origin of one of the most devastating disasters ever to occur in Tallahassee.  Paulette McFadden, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Archaeological Research, will present the results of a recent archaeological investigation at the site of the hotel and extensive archival research to reveal the history and eventual demise of Washington Hall.


December Monthly Meeting

posted Nov 16, 2017, 4:11 AM by MC 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 Haley Messer   [ 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 Haley Messer

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 PASTessayContest@gmail.com 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.

 

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