John graduated with a BA in History from the University of Miami in 1970. He has served as president of the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society, the Collier County Historical Society, the Naples Chapter of the Florida Plant Society, and the Florida Anthropological Society. John has received the William C. Lazarus Award from FAS, the Green Palmetto Award from the Florida Native Plant Society, and the Craighead Award from SWFAS. John resides in Naples and works as field archaeologist, cartographer, geobotanist, and historian on Florida west coast projects.
Beginning in April 1986, SWFAS was treated to a series of seventeen original archaeological essays by John Beriault that were published in a serial format: Giv’em Shell (3), The Ambiance of a Shell Mound (8) and Archaeological Currents (7). These informative and interesting articles were developed from his background in archaeology and botany of Southwest Florida. His travels with Dr. Craighead expanded his knowledge of this area and John was able to meld the two disciplines’ together. All remain relevant today and one can see his world view in his writing. Included is one article by his son, Andrew Beriault.
APR Giv’em Shell I: Comments on Shell Mounds
MAY Giv’em Shell II: Birth of a Shell Mound
JUN Giv’em Shell III: Life on a Shell Mound
AUG The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: I Archaeology as I see It: The Plants
SEP The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: II Archaeology as I see It: Mid Story Plants
OCT The Ambience of a Shell Mound: III Archaeology as I See It: Site Location (missing from our archive)
NOV The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: IV Location, Location, Location
DEC The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: V How Were Features of Shell Mounds Used?
JAN The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: VI How Many Bushels Make a Peck? And Shells a Mound?
FEB The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: VII What’s in a Shell Mound?... Would You Believe Shells?
MAR The Ambiance of a Shell Mound: VIII Different Shells for Different Shellers
AUG How I Discovered Archaeology or Walks with My Old Man
DEC Archaeological Currents: I
APR Archaeological Currents: II The Crying Child
AUG Archaeological Currents: III To Do and To Be Done To
SEP Archaeological Currents: IV Old Hat
JAN Archaeological Currents: V Absent Friends
APR Archaeological Currents: VI Clay and Time
JUL Why Are the Good Guys Leaving? In Memory of Don Taggart
SEP Archaeological Currents: VII Alligator Summer
FEB In Memory of Shirley House