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Tallahassee Scientific Society Horizons 2017: Middens, Mounds, and Mortuary Cults: The Archaeology of the Byrd Hammock Site

  • April 27, 2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • Challenger Learning Center, 200 South Duval Street, Kleman Plaza

Middens, Mounds, and Mortuary Cults: The Archaeology of the Byrd Hammock Site

Jeffrey Shanks is an archaeologist with the National Park Service and field director for the recent archaeological excavations at the Byrd Hammock Site in Wakulla County. 

He is an expert on the Woodland Period archaeology of North Florida and has authored and co-authored a number of articles and papers on the subject, including a chapter in the recent book New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida

Jeffrey and his colleagues were awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Archaeology from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for their work at the Byrd Hammock Site, a prehistoric complex of burial mounds and villages that were in use from ca. AD 400 to 900 and occupied by the people from the Swift Creek and Weeden Island cultures. Jeffrey will speak about the history of Byrd Hammock and related sites and on the results of the recent excavations which are beginning to shed new light on the lifeways and ceremonial practices of these ancient people.

Doors Open at 6:00pm - Presentation Starts at 7:00pm
Cost 

Members $8 event, $25 season
Nonmembers $15 event, $50 season

To encourage families, children of high school age or younger can attend free when accompanied by a paid admission. 



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