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.


  NOTES FROM A TIME SIFTER          

Ben Montgomery,  - "Ground Truth: The Notorious Dozier School for Boys" 

Late in 2008, five elderly men -- former wards of the state of Florida -- stood before a microphone on the campus of Florida's oldest reform school. The stories they told about being abused at the Florida School for Boys in the 1950s and '60s, and about classmates who went missing, were enough to compel the state to launch a formal investigation into abuse and deaths at the school. The State's investigation raised more questions than it answered and Ben Montgomery, an investigative reporter with the Tampa Bay Times, spent seven years trying to get to the truth. He got the attention of forensic anthropologists and archaeologists from the University of South Florida, who used ground-penetrating radar and found 55 graves. With that information, they convinced the state to let them excavate the graveyard, to try to get answers for the families of the dead boys.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO – REMEMBERING THE MANATEE RIVER MAROONS OF 1821: Heritage, Archaeology, and Digital Reconstructions

On September 10, 2016, Vickie Oldham, Director of Looking for Angola, New College of Florida Professor Uzi Baram, and Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant of Digital Heritage Interactive presented on heritage, archaeology, and construction of the virtual … READ FULL ARTICLE

Notes from a Time Sifter

Winter Solstice It is December and the Christian world is preparing to celebrate the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth, even though most scholars believe that he was not born on December 25.  So why is … READ FULL ARTICLE

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