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 - The Old Vero Site: Some Recent Findings and Thoughts on Paleoindian Archaeology in Florida by C. Andrew Hemmings, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
In 1913 workers dredging a canal near Vero Beach found fossilized bones. State Geologist, Dr. Frank Sellards, visited the site and later began excavations, finding bones of humans and Pleistocene animals. Although convinced his finds confirmed that humans and extinct Late Ice Age animals lived side by side in Florida, his discoveries were dismissed by the scientific community. In 2008 renewed local interest in the site protected it from destruction and lead to a multi-year excavation. Analysis of this material is well underway and is combined with information gathered from old collections and archives. A wealth of new information regarding the Terminal Pleistocene environment, and how the first humans to arrive adapted and flourished in a rapidly changing Pleistocene Florida.
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