ARPP photograph, In 1993 a 7.5 foot mastodon tusk was found in situ (original deposition) at the 12,200 year old level of the Page/Ladson site.
Welcome to the Inaugural Edition! This publication represents the inaugural edition of our long term commitment to sharing the process, progress, and products of the Aucilla Research Institute’s ongoing Archaeological, Historical, and Earth Sciences research projects in Regional Florida among an audience of both professional and general public communities. Emilee McGann, Karel Wolberg, and I come to this newsletter assignment having been nominated by Archaeological Project Chief Scientist Dr. James (Jim) S. Dunbar. Jim and my own independently-acquired commitment to public outreach and educational publication began in 1983 when our paths first crossed on inaugural diving forays at the now widely recognized Aucilla River Prehistory Project’s paleoindian, paleontological, and paleoenvironmental sites. Jim initially solicited articles from me for inclusion in his prototypical “Half-Mile Rise Times” newsletter to foster communication among enlightened avocational river-divers and the professional research-diving community that recognized the mutual benefit such collaboration could promote. Enlightened research divers like Jim (then with the Bureau of Archaeological Research) and Dr. S. David Webb (then with the Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida) forged common ground with their avocational counterparts. Jim ultimately entrusted me with the editorship of his inspirational publication, which evolved into the Aucilla River Times newsmagazine (1996 through 1999 editions still available online at the ARPP website.
Jefferson County and the northwest Florida region have a long history of archaeological research focusing on the earliest human populations in Florida. Potential research includes climate and ecological studies for the past 40,000 years, development of human settlement patterns in the river corridors and upland areas, and early human-extinct animal interactions.