Visitors enjoyed examining ancient artifacts and discovering the rich history of Tampa Bay at our celebration of International Archaeology Day at the Weedon Island Preserve, Saturday, October 16, 2021.
AWIARE and Central Florida Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (CGCAS) were on-site showcasing a diverse collection of pre-Columbian artifacts from the Tampa Bay region and illustrating the use of these tools and their importance to native populations.
Visitors were also able to view the 1,100 year old dugout canoe on display in the Center and visit the museum exhibit "Connecting People and Place" that tells the story of Weedon Island and its earliest inhabitants. Additional information on the day can be viewed on this link.
The 71st Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society
This year's meeting was co-hosted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Central Region and the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society Crystal River. The Plantation on Crystal River served as the conference hotel and the location for organizational meetings and conference proceedings. Presentations and posters on a wide range of topics related to Florida archaeology were presented, as well as field trips to nearby sites, including Crystal River Archaeological State Park, and several archaeological sites along the river.
The 70th Annual Meeting was hosted by AWIARE in St. Petersburg on May 11-13, 2018
With the support of the Anthropology Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), the 2018 conference was a huge success. The meeting attracted a total of 211 Florida-based and out-of-state attendees.
FAS 2018 kicked off Friday evening with a fun welcoming reception at 3 Daughters Brewery, featuring the Florida Archaeological Council’s Stewards of Heritage Awards ceremony. Saturday morning and afternoon were devoted to paper and poster presentations on the USFSP campus. In all, 65 papers and 10 posters were presented. A panel discussion on rising seas and archaeological site loss also took place during the conference. Over 20 vendors exhibited technological displays and had related books and artwork for sale during the day.
The presentation topics were far-ranging, thought-provoking, and entertaining. An enjoyable banquet and awards ceremony, highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Michael Francis, capped off an eventful conference on Saturday evening. Over ninety individuals attended the banquet. Two local tours were held Sunday morning: 30 attendees toured the Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve and hiked to the location of recent archaeological investigations at the Weedon Island site; and 28 individuals visited the four archaeological sites currently located in City of St Petersburg public parks.
AWIARE wishes to thank the FAS Board and its entire membership for all of their help and support with the event. We are honored to have served as hosts of the 2018 (70th annual) Florida Anthropological Society annual meeting.