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Archeologists Excavate Calusa Artifacts In Marco Island

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A group of archeologists have uncovered remnants of ancient Calusa Indians in Marco Island this week. They also might have found evidence of an even older occupation dating back even further.

Archeologist Gene Erjavec has been excavating the Marco Island Estates Sewer District Project in search of remnants of the Calusa Indians.

The Calusa once inhabited the southwest coast of Florida, as well as along its inland waterways.

But Erjavec said he and his colleagues – who include archeologist Joseph Mankowski – have found evidence of an even older group of people.

“It’s apparent to us that there is thousands of people living there over thousands of years right in that very spot on the south end of the Island,” he said.

Archeologists have been unearthing Calusa artifacts on Marco Island for decades. However, the new findings are proof that the area has significant prehistoric cultural deposits, as well.

Findings include small beads and bone arrow and harpoon points that are over a thousand years old.

Archeologists are expected to complete their dig this week. The artifacts will eventually be displayed at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Ashley Lopez is a reporter forWGCUNews. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree.