March 20, 2019: Down and Dirty: The Archaeology of Southeast Florida

Presenter: Christian Davenport, Historic Preservation Officer & Archaeologist, Palm Beach County
Location: iMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers
Time: Program 7:00pm


SUBJECT: The interior of South Florida is the last black hole of archaeology research within the lower 48 states. Over a decade of research has not only filled in missing information for Palm Beach County, but has also changed the broader prehistoric interpretations of the state. This lecture will be a highlight reel of finds and interpretations from the last decade of investigations.


Chris Davenport went on his first archaeological dig at age seven and by 16 he was working as a field director on local investigations. He received his BA at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire and his MA from the University of Tennessee. In 2005 he became Palm Beach County’s first Historic Preservation Officer/Archaeologist and has since conducted multiple archaeological investigations. He is the 2018 Ripley P. Bullen Award recipient from the Florida Anthropological Society for furthering good working relationships among avocational and professional archaeologists.