Time: 7:00 pm til 8:00 pm
Location: Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Pete
Description: Archaeology Lecture Series - Public Archaeology at Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park by Diane Wallman, Ph.D., University of South Florida
In the mid-19th century, Robert H. Gamble established a sugar plantation along the Manatee River. After selling the plantation to a pair of Louisiana planters in the 1850s, the site was briefly occupied in 1865 by Confederate officer and Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin. In 1873, an attorney, George Patten bought the property, where he and his family lived until the early 20th century. The goal of the archaeology is to increase our understanding of the nuanced history and diverse residents at the site, including the enslaved laborers who lived and labored on the plantation. The project emphasizes community engagement to foster public awareness of the value of cultural resources, archaeological methods, and heritage preservation. During the 2017 field season, we recovered artifacts spanning the various occupations, and identified several features, contributing to our understanding of the transforming landscape and lifeways at the plantation.
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