Archaeology Lecture Series - Outside Influences, In-Place Change: Weeden Island to Safety Harbor Along The Gulf Coast
Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
For centuries, the Manasota/Weeden Island peoples along the Gulf coast lived a lifestyle that was well adapted to fishing, gathering, and hunting. They practiced rituals that included elaborately decorated pottery vessels, many made specifically for inclusion in burial mounds. Although we know few specifics about their beliefs, the distinctive pottery styles they created spread west along the Gulf Coastal Plain and into the Mississippi Valley. Beginning around A.D. 900, a change occurred across the Southeast, related to maize agriculture and possibly new religious and/or political beliefs. This Mississippian culture took hold in most of the Southeast, typically replacing earlier lifestyles. In the region between the Withlacoochee River and Charlotte Harbor, the Weeden Island/Manasota peoples resisted drastically changing their lifestyles, although they did adopt certain Mississippian traits, probably related primarily to religious and political beliefs. Archaeologists call this later culture Safety Harbor, and it was these people who met the Spanish expeditions of Pánfilo de Narváez and Hernando de Soto in the 1500s.
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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center is proud to offer a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. The goal of these programs is to empower citizens to make informed decisions about natural and cultural resources. Center programs interpret the natural, cultural and archaeological history of the Preserve in order to demonstrate how the environment and people support and shape each other.
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Center Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.