We are a non-profit association of professional and amateur archaeologists, plus interested citizens of Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Southwest Florida, USA.
TIME SIFTERS ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY
DEDICATED TO DISCOVERING AND PRESERVING ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE
Since its inception in 1986, TSAS has assisted archaeologists in major excavations throughout southwest Florida. Members participated in excavations and in creating ‘A Window to the Past’ exhibition inside of a prehistoric shell mound at Historic Spanish Point. Time Sifters has sponsored and/or participated in the successful outreach programs; “Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage” and “Looking for Angola”. Over the decades, TSAS has provided significant support contributing to the preservation of local archaeological resources. TSAS is a chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, and supports local anthropology programs at New College of Florida, including sponsoring a paper competition for college students.
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LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS
Team Digs Through History at Bradenton Ruin Site
By Angie Angers, Reporter, BAY NEWS 9
BRADENTON -- Saturday, March 04, 2017
"There's many, many other stories that this structure can tell us, and by finding these little bits of the artifacts, they tell some of those stories," said Sherry Svekis of the Time Sifters Archaeology Society.
The group is excavating land known to be settled by William Shaw, a shipping merchant from Key West, in 1843. But this team is digging deeper, hoping to find out what happened before Shaw lived in the area that may have not been recorded.
"But there's historic reports that say it was here prior to him arriving in Manatee, so we're really trying to get an idea of how much earlier, and trying to connect it with some of the other historic periods that we know about on the river," Svekis said.
Due to the sea level rising and some coastal erosion, the team decided to excavate now, before history was washed away.
"We're being proactive and coming here to recover a part of history that would otherwise be lost if we don't come in here and do some research," said National Park Service archaeologist Margo Schwadron.
The excavation will take about two weeks. When it's complete, the processing and research of the artifacts could take up to a year. Then, the team will release a full report on what they have found.
The team of professionals had some help from volunteers. If you would like to be a part of the next excavation, connect with the Time Sifters Archaeology Society.