How one see’s the world, junior anthropologist edition! Friday, this young archaeologist in training was just the right size to notice something interesting about the saw horses we set our dirt screens on. Clearly the open mouth meant they needed their teeth brushed. Now that she showed us the faces how can you ever stop seeing them?
Sometimes the cacophony of sound and activity makes it hard to pass information on site. Three ring dig pit master extraordinaire Phil Gerrell is of course throwing the universal gangster archaeologist sign for “piece plot this item right down here yo”. While the always thoughtful Dr. Dunbar is reminding us all that Easter is coming and wishes all a joyous holiday. As I have scrolled through several hundred outstanding images Joe Latvis has already taken I was constantly struck with one stellar constant. Everyone is smiling! We really are having a lot of fun in the pits and would like you all to join in. Wakulla, it’s good for your soul. Andy
Week 3 With the Paleo excavation you could say the bad news is the good news- namely, the intrusive drainage pipes from the Lodge are far more extensive than we first suspected. The good news is that means we can move through excavation to nearly 1m much faster than we thought it was going to take. Thus far the diagnostic artifacts are exclusively latest Archaic with the now much rarer sliver of modern glass thrown in every now and then.
The Kinnaird (think that is the spelling being used now- might ask W. Boyer) excavation continues to find a surprisingly rich array of glass trade beads, very late Native American pottery, with even a dash of European forms, and what seem to be a handful of ever older European artifacts. All manufactured circa 1650 to 1800 which could mean either or both occupations from the brief Spanish Mission at Wakulla or the 1800ish Lower Creek Kinnaird Tradehouse.
WALKING WITH MASTODONS How would you survive in a world of giant elephants, ground sloths, and bison? How would you keep the dire wolves at bay? Begin your journey back in time on an engaging walk with Historian Dr. Madeleine Carr at Wakulla Springs State Park. Then continue on a fascinating voyage as you float over Wakulla Spring in the glass bottom boat Henry with Archaeologist Dr. James Dunbar. Discover one of the oldest underwater prehistoric sites in the country. This area of the panhandle has been providing archaeologists with faunal remains and artifacts on the prehistory of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico since the 1940s. Sites like these show us why Florida was exceptionally different from other areas when mastodons made Wakulla their home. March 14, 2018 See our Calendar
Congratulation to Board member Jim Dunbar and Associate Scholars Andy Hemmings and Jim Adovasio on their contributions to the academic book entitled the “Early Human Life on the Southeastern Coastal Plain” . Chapter authors include Andy Hemmings, James Adovasio et al. with a chapter on the “The Vero Site . . .” And Jim Dunbar as a junior author on a chapter entitled “The Quarry Cluster Approach to Chert Provenance . . .”.
Link for "Early Human Life on the Southeastern Coastal Plain" CLICK HERE