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November Monthly Meeting

posted Oct 17, 2017, 4:44 AM by MC 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.