SWFAS was founded in 1980 to provide a meeting place for people interested in the southwest Florida area's archaeology, history and cultural past.



2018 PRESENTATIONS & SPEAKERS


 

April 18, 2018: The Science and Art of Reading Bones

Presenter: Heather Walsh-Haney, Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University

Location: Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112

Program 7:00pm

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March 21, 2018: Made from the Sands of Florida - Egmont Key, Climate Change and the Seminole Tribe of Florida

Presenter: Paul Backhouse, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Seminole Tribe of Florida 

Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers

Program 7:00pm

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February 21, 2018: Slavery and the Sea - Exploring Maritime Aspects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Presenter: Corey Malcolm, Director of Archaeology, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers

Program 7:00pm

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January 17, 2018: Night at the Museum - The Lenses of Science and History

Presenter: Matthew Johnson, Director, IMAG

Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers

Reception 5:00pm  Program 6:00pm

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NEWSLETTERS & PUBLICATIONS


 

Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS) Newsletter, March 2018   

PRESIDENT’S CORNER by John Furey

This month I have included three articles of great interest that combine a number of themes along our Gulf Coast and that tie into the March presentation by Dr. Paul Backhouse. First, the article History and culture of Egmont Key provides brief overview of the history of the island and only slightly mentions its role in the removal of captured Seminoles from Florida to the Oklahoma Territory. Egmont Key was a prison where the captured Seminoles were held for transit to New Orleans and then onward to the West. Today it is visited by day tripping beachgoers and is a National Wildlife Refuge Area and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The second article written by Dr. Backhouse deals with climate change, rising sea levels, archaeology, the erosion that threatens Egmont Key and the cultural heritage of the Seminoles; Egmont Key represents a dark part of their history and heritage. How to salvage that history is the role of the Historic Preservation Office of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and balancing all of the competing demands that this represents. This is a mixture of issues from the perspective of the Seminoles and how they came to a consensus.

The third article deals with a unique discovery off the coast of Manasota Key. An underwater site 300 yards off the current shoreline that was buried in the peat of a freshwater pond when sea level was much lower. The peat has protected and preserved the human and cultural remains and is dated at 7,214 years old. Heather Walsh-Haney is a forensics anthropology professor at FGCU and is one of the team of scientists analyzing the site. She will be our guest speaker at our April 18th presentation at the Collier County Museum in Naples, Florida.

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Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS) Newsletter, February 2018   

PRESIDENT’S CORNER by John Furey

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

As we commemorate Black History Month this February 2018, I would like to share with you two articles by African authors that I recently discovered that deal with African architecture and history and present viewpoints on racism we do not often encounter in the U.S. Most of the history of Africa was written by Europeans from the perspective of colonialism with little credit given to indigenous African societies for their many architectural and scientific accomplishments. Most of which Westerners are totally unaware of. One example of the racism that they see is that no one ever says that the Acropolis or the Colosseum were constructed by alien extraterrestrials but the pyramids are often depicted as being built by extraterrestrials and not Africans. The authors attribute this to racism and we see Western pseudo- science blurring the line between fantasy and real science with TV programs claiming to know the real truth that is being hidden and it is a conspiracy they are attempting to expose. The United States today seems to be awash with these ideas and is a fertile ground for many ideas presented on pseudoscientific reality TV shows; Bigfoot, Yeti, the Nazca Lines, UFO’s; we also have serious racial problems. Are these phenomena related? I hope that you find the attached articles by Julien Benoit and Zienab Badawi as interesting as I did.

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Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS) Newsletter, January 2018 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER by John Furey

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 SWFAS has a new series of interesting speakers this year for our spring presentations that will bring us up to date and educate us all.

CAPTAIN JOHN FOLEY HORR HOUSE: MARCO ISLAND: PRESERVATION UPDATE 

SWFAS planned to meet and make a presentation on the Captain John Foley Horr House at the January HOA meeting at Marco Island, however, due to prior commitments we could not make this meeting. We currently plan on attending the February HOA meeting and give a presentation by David Southall. It appears that FPAN was also aware that the building was partially destroyed by Hurricane Irma and visited the site. SWFAS would also like to get FPAN, the Collier County Historical and Archaeological Council and the Marco Historical Society involved in the preservation of this local historical site. This is a local treasure.

IN THIS ISSUE - PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS BY SEA: THE COASTAL MIGRATION THEORY

A recent interesting article in Science Magazine by Lizzie Wade discusses the evidence for a maritime connection to the West Coast of the Americas that is Pre-Clovis and subsisted on fish, shellfish and marine mammals, much as in coastal Florida. Discoveries by Matthew Des Lauriers, a professor at California State (Cal State) University, Northridge, CA, on Cedros Island off the tip of Baja Mexico, indicate that the island was inhabited at least 12,600 years ago. Please see the attached article by Wade and one by Bob Yirka about the “kelp Highway” to the Americas.

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