Calusa Indians

Southwest Florida singer/songwriter Sheena Brook plays live in studio ahead of her performance at the first, “Music on the Mound,” concert at the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach.  The Mound House remains the oldest structure on Estero Island, sitting atop a 2,000-year-old shell mound from the Calusa Indians.  In addition to a museum exploring the regions history and prehistory, the Mound House provides a variety of cultural and environmental education programs for visitors of all ages.  The first “Music on the Mound” Concert on April 21, will benefit the Mound House Summer Scholarship Fund.

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: Florida Musuem of Natural History

Dr. William H. Marquardt was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Southeastern Archeological Conference for his "significant and sustained contributions to southeastern archeology" during his career. He was given the award during the conference's October 2016 meeting.

Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami

The Tamiami Trail refers to the southernmost 264 mile portion of U.S. Highway 41 stretching from Tampa to Miami.  Construction of the east-west portion of the road through the Everglades was considered a monumental feat of engineering.  On Saturday, April 25 the Museum of the Everglades recognizes the 87th anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail with a series of events including a lecture by Melissa Timo with the Florida Public Archeology Network titled, “The Tamiami Trail and Other Projects of Profound and Unintended Consequence:  The Archaeology of How Humans Have Shaped the Southwest Florida Landscape.”  

Art by Merald Clark, Courtesy Florida Museum of Natural History

The Florida Museum of Natural History has purchased two Calusa Indian mounds on Pine Island. This addition could impact the region’s awareness of 350 to 1000-year-old Calusa culture.

The Randell Research Center on Pine Island will soon be able to add 5 acres to its interpretive trail. The new land contains a burial mound and a midden, a type of ancient trash pile.