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June Monthly Meeting

posted May 24, 2017, 4:42 AM by MC Prentice
We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 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. This will be out last monthly meeting before our summer hiatus. 
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Jessi Halligan of the FSU Department of Anthropology as she discusses her groundbreaking work at the Page-Ladson site.

 Black Waters and Foggy Origins: How Florida Can Contribute to the Story of the First Americans

Much recent research has suggested that the first Americans, called Paleoindians, arrived in the New World sometime between 21,000 and 15,000 years ago, before the appearance of the Clovis complex, dated to around 13,000 calendar years ago. For 50 years, dominant paradigms suggested that Clovis people were first in the Americas. Archaeological sites from the Paleoindian (ca. 16,000-11,500 years ago) period are extremely rare and poorly-preserved in most of North America, making it difficult to understand when and how the Americas were colonized and also to understand Paleoindian lifeways. Florida’s Aucilla River basin is the exception. Hundreds of Paleoindian artifacts have been found in submerged sinkholes within this river, including the Page-Ladson site, which contains the remains of mastodon butchery on the edge of a small pond dating to 14,500 years ago, more than a thousand years older than Clovis. This site has profound implications for our understanding of early American origins and lifeways.