Browsing the archives for the The Past is Prologue category

From the Public Archaeology Trenches: Talking about Stone Tools

By: Becky O’Sullivan How do you make a concept like stages of lithic reduction interesting to the public? How do you convince people that tiny flakes of stone (not even arrow heads or stone knives) can be important to understanding people in the past? For public archaeologists such as myself, this is the sort of […]

No Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , ,
Faunal-palooza Part 5: Otoliths

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Welcome to the final installment of faunal-palooza! I’ve already shown you the wonders of archaeological mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish; now for the grand finale….. Otoliths! Who doesn’t like a nice fish otolith, amirite? These tiny bony structures found in the ears of all vertebrates (we’re interested in the fish variety […]

No Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , , , ,
Faunal-palooza Part 4: Fish

By: Becky O’Sullivan   We’ve all been there…. chowing down on a delicious salmon filet when a translucent spine gets lodged in your gullet. This installment of faunal knowledge might not help you avoid these gastronomic hazards, but maybe it will make you take a second look at the bones you see in your fish […]

No Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , ,
Faunal-palooza Part 3: Reptiles

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Welcome to the third installment of our faunal adventure…. in this episode you’ll get to learn a little about the characteristics that distinguish reptile bones from those of other animals (like mammals  or birds from last time). Florida is crawling with all sorts of tasty reptiles (snakes, turtles, tortoises, alligators) that would […]

No Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,
Faunal-palooza Part 2: Birds

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Welcome to Part 2 of our epic journey through the world of zooarchaeology…. in this installment you’ll get to learn a little about the characteristics that distinguish bird bones from those of other animals (like mammals from our last installment). Just like today, birds would have been a popular item on […]

2 Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , , , ,
Faunal-palooza Part 1: Mammals

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Why do Archaeologists Study Animal Bones? Throughout time, humans have been interacting with other animals in various ways. These interactions have not only shaped the way humans have lived but also the animals themselves through processes of selection and in some cases domestication.  Studying these human-animal relationships in the past can help […]

4 Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , , , , ,
Spanishtown Creek Still Flows Beneath Hyde Park

By: Becky O’Sullivan   Archaeologists don’t always rely on a shovel and trowel to learn about past people, sometimes we use old maps and a keen eye to pick out clues to the past on modern landscapes. Before Tampa was Tampa, an early historic settlement called Spanishtown was located along the bay just to the […]

1 Comment Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
Re-Photography Exhibit in the Works for Crystal River Archaeological State Park

By: Rebecca O’Sullivan As an archaeologist I love to learn about the past through the clues people have left behind. As a public archaeologist I also love to go out of my way to share that experience of discovery and wonder with people who otherwise might not learn about the remnants of the past which […]

4 Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , ,
Lab Time with Becky

  By: Becky O’Sullivan   Hey guys and gals. As you might know, last spring and summer we did a little fieldwork out at the Ybor City Museum State Park. And where there is fieldwork there is….lab work! I’ve been going through the artifacts we found during our survey (cleaning, sorting, and cataloging) and in […]

No Comments Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , , , ,
Why I love archaeology, as explained by The Little Mermaid

  By Becky O’Sullivan As a kid growing up in the early 90’s I of course had my favorite animated Disney movie: The Little Mermaid. I could recite the dialogue from the entire film almost verbatim and would often wish for long red hair and a fish tail as I swam around the neighborhood swimming […]

1 Comment Posted in The Past is Prologue
Tagged , , , ,