Archaeology

Florida’s Public Archaeological Network archaeologist Rachael Kangas surveyed the damage Irma caused to Otter Mound Preserve — 2 acres of land that was formed by the now-extinct Calusa tribe between 700 and 1200 AD.

Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons via Public Domain

The state of Florida is dotted with natural springs that have attracted visitors since long before they became 1950’s roadside attractions. And while many preservationists who study Florida’s springs focus on their ecology and the symbolism of a pure, pristine font; one author is connecting the social role springs have played throughout history for a more realistic look at their evolution and possibly their future.

Photo: Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star Banner via Morgan F. Smith

An underwater archaeology site on the bed of the Silver River, in the Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, is home to mammoth bones and other ancient remains dating back 10,000 years ago. First discovered in the 1970s, the history these discoveries revealed were dismissed at the time due to the perceived inaccuracy of underwater archaeology. This summer, a team of archeologists are diving there to "set the record straight."

Photos: State Library & Archives of Florida

What motivated early Floridians to move into the swampy, mosquito-infested area of South Florida? How did the Seminoles and other Native American peoples thrive in such a demanding environment? Questions from Curious Gulf Coast listeners spurred a look at life in Florida before modern conveniences.

Photo: Andy Hemming

The oldest human remains in North America were found  in South Florida at the Old Vero dig site near modern-day Vero Beach. This winter, researchers are undertaking their fourth excavation to answer a century-old mystery: just how old are the site's earliest finds?

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