Recently, I took a trip to FPAN's Southeast Region to help document and create outreach materials on some of south Florida's least accessible - but most amazing - archaeological sites. I have never spent much time in the area, let alone studying the archaeology, and was totally blown away! Here's five of my biggest takeaways from the trip.
1. South Florida has so much amazing archaeology! (And so many amazing archaeologists!)
|Crew of archaeologists checking out the map of Big Mound City.|
2. Miami has caves that have been utilized by people for thousands of years.
|In a limestone solution hole - they can get quite big.|
3. Palm Beach County has some of the largest and most unique earthworks in the United States.
|Map of Big Mound City, courtesy of the Florida Anthropological Society|
4. Archaeology happens by planes, trains and automobiles!
|Our ride through the swamp!|
5. If people care enough, they can save sites from development, even in Miami.
|Miami Circle Park in downtown Miami.|
|Signage at the site recognizes the hard work that went into the site's preservation.|
|Batteries so hot the camera keeps turning off? Just put in a dry bag and drop into an icey cooler!|