THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2022 AT 7 PM – 8 PM
Hunter-Gatherer Settlement and Subsistence at Letchworth Mounds (8JE337)
Martin Menz, M.A., Doctoral Candidate, University of Michigan
The Letchworth site (8JE337) near Tallahassee is one of the largest Woodland period ceremonial centers in Florida. The site includes a 15-meter tall platform mound and several other low mounds, as well as a habitation area roughly 500-meters across. Despite its great size, Letchworth has received relatively little attention from archaeologists, in part due to the site’s low artifact density and poor preservation. In this presentation, I discuss the results from recent excavations in Letchworth’s habitation area, including evidence for domestic architecture and subsistence practices. I conclude by comparing the occupation at Letchworth with other hunter-gatherer ceremonial centers throughout the Eastern Woodlands.
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2022 AWIARE / LEVETT GRANT RECIPIENTS
The AWIARE/Levett Foundation grant is awarded yearly to graduate students who are pursuing research topics in Tampa Bay archaeology, history, or environmental science. The 2022 award was divided between three worthy students.
Theodora Light, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, will receive funding to support her research on the seventeenth-century Tocobaga diaspora as part of a larger pattern of displaced Indigenous settlements across Florida in the aftermath of European contact.
Melissa Price is pursuing her Ph.D. at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Using non-burial data from the Manasota Key Offshore site in Sarasota County, Melissa will use non-burial materials to evaluate sea-level rise and study the factors that resulted in the preservation of 7000-year-old human remains.
Richard Davis will receive funds to support his comparative study of fishing technologies used by Safety Harbor and Caloosahatchee Indigenous groups. Richard is pursuing a MA degree at the University of Central Florida.
AWIARE IS ACCEPTING RESEARCH APPLICATIONS
STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS -2023 LEARN MORE ABOUT IT HERE!
AWIARE, in cooperation with the Levett Foundation, is making available up to $10,000 to provide assistance to graduate students who are conducting archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental research in the greater Tampa Bay region.
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.
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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