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Archaeology Lecture Series: Ethnoarchaeology of Fishing on the Florida Gulf...

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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center

1800 Weedon Drive Northeast

Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

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Join the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (CGCAS) in partnership with the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) for this annual lecture series on the third Thursday of every month, spanning diverse archaeological topics.

Millions of people venture out into Florida’s coastal waters each year to take part in an ancient practice: fishing. Whether for commercial or recreational purposes fishing has deep roots in the region - thousands of years deep. That Florida's ancient inhabitants have benefited from these bountiful coastal waters for over ten thousand years is not surprising. Coastal archaeological sites throughout the state are loaded with the remains of fish familiar to local fishing enthusiasts: mullet, red drum, seatrout, sheepshead and more. But while archaeologists have been able to identify what fishes ancient fisherfolk were catching, they have not been able to discern how they were catching them. Until recently.

Ethnoarchaeology is the study of living human practices to understand past human actions and archaeological materials. Methods like this are often used when archaeological investigations leave researchers with more questions thananswers. This presentation tacks back and forth through time—over two thousand years—on a quest to better understand the knowledge, practices, and technologies of Florida's ancient fisherfolk.

Ginessa Mahar is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Florida, graduating in Spring 2019. Her dissertation research involves the investigation of coastal fishing communities that thrived along the shores of the North Florida Gulf Coast during the Woodland period. Mahar specifically focuses on the fluorescence of civic-ceremonial centers such as Crystal River, and how fishing technologies and practices developed to facilitate the large gatherings that brought distantcommunities together at these sacred sites. ​


For questions about this program please contact Weedon Island Preserve at weedonisland@pinellascounty.org.

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