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Interview with an Archaeologist: Dr. John Arthur

In honor of Florida Archaeology Month and this year’s theme, Artisans of the Woodland, I visited one of the most famous Woodland Period (1000 BC to AD 1000) archaeological sites in Florida, the Weedon Island site. Dr. John Arthur, a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) and incoming President of the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE), is conducting a multi-year research project at the Weedon Island Preserve in St Petersburg, FL. This project includes excavations along with the help of graduate students from USF Tampa and USFSP undergraduate students. I had the opportunity to visit Dr. Arthur and his students and discuss all things archaeology and Weedon Island during one of their excavation days. Check out the interview with Dr. Arthur below to see what I learned!

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Pine Level Townsite makes it to the National Register of Historic Places!

Originally published in the Arcadian Date: Oct 9, 2014; Section: Arcadian; Page: AS11 For images from the original story click this link By CAROL MAHLER DESOTO CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Pine Level townsite was listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 17. A ceremony to celebrate this honor […]

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FPAN West Central Summer 2014 Newsletter

To check out the latest edition of the FPAN West Central Newsletter click this link: FPAN West Central Summer Newsletter

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Site Seeing: Paleoindians at the Harney Flats Site

By: Becky O’Sullivan You might not know it, but there is a good chance you recently drove over the earliest known archaeological site in the Tampa Bay area. But don’t worry, it happens thousands of times every day!     While some of the most famous documented Paleoindian sites in Florida are located either to our north in the panhandle or to our south at […]

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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 […]

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Dig into Summer in the latest edition of the FPAN West Central newsletter!

Our summer newsletter is here! Follow the link below to learn more about how you can shape historic preservation in Florida, archaeology events out at the Weedon Island Preserve in St. Pete, recent USF grad Marty Menz’s take on shell tools, and much more…. http://flpublicarchaeology.org/uploads/wcrc/July_2013_newsletter.pdf

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The Enterprise of Archaeology

  Yesterday I attended the press release and conference in Tallahassee where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) announced the details of a 2 year undercover operation and subsequent arrests of 14 individuals in Florida and Georgia. The individuals targeted in the sting had been involved in the illegal taking of prehistoric and historic […]

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Disconnect from Definitions: Archaeology and Historic Preservation by Rae Harper

I am not communicating well lately, which is painful since the majority of my job hinges on my ability to communicate. Another stumbling block seems to be my passion for my job. Where passion generally helps move a cause along, sometimes it comes at you like a bulldozer – making people feel more attacked than […]

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