UPCOMING LECTURE PRESENTATION
Adventures in Downtown Tampa Archaeology – The Lost Fort Brooke Cemetery and 100-Year-Old Love Letters to the Steamer Gopher
Eric Prendergast, M.A. RPA, Senior Staff Archaeologist, Cardno
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 AT 7 PM – 8 PM
AT WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE CULTURAL AND NATURAL HISTORY CENTER
AWIARE IS ACCEPTING RESEARCH APPLICATIONS
The Weedon Island Archaeological Site (8PI1) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Use of the AWIARE Research Station is open to qualified researchers and graduate students who wish to conduct archaeological research related to Weedon Island and associated regional cultures.
FLORIDA'S WATERY REALMS
The Weedon Island Canoe is featured in a new book by University Press of Florida, Iconography and Wetsite Archaeology of Florida’s Watery Realms. The book includes a chapter written by Phyllis Kolianos and titled, “Wood Preservation Dilemmas of Florida’s Prehistoric Saltwater Sites: Key Marco and Weedon Island” which details the preservation of the canoe. This book edited by Ryan Wheeler and Joanna Ostapkowicz is part of the Ripley P. Bullen series, and explores new discoveries and reexamines existing artifacts to reveal the influential role of water in the daily lives of Florida’s early inhabitants.
To order a copy visit: www.upf.com
2019 ARCHAEOLOGY SUMMER CAMPS
AWIARE, in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), held an exciting archaeology camp at Weedon Island Preserve this summer. It was designed for students who were interested in exploring the past. The camps were conducted by professional archaeologists, including educators from FPAN and allowed kids to experience archaeology first-hand through activities, experiments, hikes, and even a real excavation. The summer camp was designed for children with an interest in prehistory and history as well as learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers learned about the importance of archaeology and gained an understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. Highlights of the camps included guest experts, tour of an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, atlatl adventure, and earning the certificate of Tommy the Tortoise, Junior Archaeologist.
We hope you will consider joining us next summer!
FAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE AWARDS
AWIARE and its partners, Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society; Florida Public Archaeology Network; and University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, received an awesome award from the Florida Anthropological Society at its annual meeting in Crystal River on May 10-12. The award is for all our contributions to the understanding and preservation of Florida's past. Thank you FAS and thanks to our partners for working with us to promote the prehistory and history of the greater Tampa Bay region.
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