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          

JANUARY 2017 PRESENTATION

Archaeology Year in Review 2016: Darwin "Smitty" Smith,Vice President of Time Sifters

Returning for the third year, Time Sifters VP “Smitty” Smith presents the 2016 archaeological year in review. Smitty reviews dozens of significant reports of archaeological discoveries around the world before narrowing it down to eight to present to us. He reminds us there is more to archaeology than just the classical civilizations, and his presentation tries to capture how large the field of discovery has become. He also highlights some of the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The videos in the presentation played without sound in the above video. The links to them are below.

Video one for the Plaque Pit - Crossrail
https://youtu.be/SL-ZX46Q8hs

Video two for Page-Ladson Site
https://youtu.be/K8b1j-dwLNM

Video three about the Philistines
https://youtu.be/DSwifGaSYaA


NOVEMBER 2016 PRESENTATION – Herod’s Mountaintop Monolith: Masada and Her Palaces

By Dr. Steven Derfler, Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc. Herod became the Roman King of Judea in 40 BCE and imposed changes upon his subjects that resulted in a “world turned upside down.” Herod’s desert fortress … READ FULL ARTICLE

OCTOBER 2016 PRESENTATION: Lori Lee – Slavery & Health Practices in 19th Century Virginia

Health consumerism in the modern sense speaks to patients’ involvement in their own healthcare decisions. How does this concept apply to enslaved laborers in the antebellum South? Anthropologist Lori Lee’s study of enslaved African Americans … READ FULL ARTICLE

REMEMBERING THE MANATEE RIVER MAROONS OF 1821: Heritage, Archaeology, and Digital Reconstructions

The history for Angola, an early 19th century maroon community on the Manatee River, is enmeshed with international intrigues, fights and flights for freedom, and reveals an impressive heritage of liberty in southwest Florida. Its … READ FULL ARTICLE