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Junior Archaeologists Dig in at Weedon Island in St Petersburg

By: Kassie Kemp As summer comes to an end so do two weeks of fun in the sun with our Junior Archaeologist summer campers. For the past six years FPAN staff have partnered with the Alliance for Weedon Island Research and Education (AWIARE) to offer two, week-long camps at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural […]

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Archaeology at the DeSoto National Memorial Tabby Ruins

By: Becky O’Sullivan   During the last week in May 2016, archaeologists from the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) of the National Park Service were down in Bradenton to work at an amazing archaeological site at De Soto National Memorial. Hernando De Soto actually never set foot on the property, so we didn’t find any conquistador related […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Recognize your Temper Before It’s too Late!

By: Kassie Kemp   As archaeologists, we learn about past peoples through the artifacts they left behind. Just as the dishes in your kitchen say something about you, the prehistoric pottery archaeologists find says something about the early Floridians who made it.  Pottery as an artifact can tell us about the everyday lives of past […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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