APRIL 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO – Dating Game: Palmer Mound Pots & People

The Dating Game: Palmer Mound Pots & People
By Maranda Kles, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Palmer mound site is located at Historic Spanish Point in south Sarasota County. Recent research has provided new radiocarbon dates for the mound and has also examined social structure, shedding new light on the people that inhabited the Sarasota area 2000 years ago. Biological distance analysis suggests that the population was matrilocal, therefore the men moved to the area to “date” and marry their wives. This pattern has yet to be demonstrated at other sites in Florida making Palmer unique at this time. Further, several whole pots were found broken within the mound. These pots are found in the Manasota period strata, which dates to before the usual “sacrificed” or “killed” pots that are found in many of the Weeden Island period sites. This presentation will detail the new radiocarbon and biological data and discuss the implication of pots and pottery at the Palmer site. Maranda Kles is a bioarchaeologist and forensic anthropologist. She was born is Sarasota and earned her PhD from the University of Florida. She is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research interests focus on biological and cultural variation in pre-Contact populations in the Southeastern US.


OCTOBER 2016 PRESENTATION VIDEO – 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 in central Virginia looks at the degree of access they had to resources that shaped their health and well-being experiences. The nature of health and illness is multilayered. It is influenced by an individual’s personal experience with their physical body, including their mind; by how the body is socially represented in various symbolic and metaphorical forms; and by regulation, surveillance, and control of one’s reproduction and sexuality, work and leisure, and sickness. Lee’s presentation uses this multi-layered approach to explore practices of health and healthcare among the enslaved laborers in the antebellum South.

Lori Lee is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the African diaspora, gender, memory, and material culture.

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 history begins with events further north in Florida. 2016 brings the bicentennial of the destruction of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River in 1816.  

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 world for the early 19th century landscape of Angola, a maroon community on the Manatee River. Many people attended the program to learn about the significance of that community and its people, known as maroons, Black Seminoles, African Seminoles, and freedom-seeking people. This event highlighted archaeological insights and unveiled new virtual reconstructions that help us better understand all of the early 19th-century maroon communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

From the Apalachicola River to Tampa Bay, people of African heritage battled for their freedom, sought refuge, and fell back in a southern movement that ultimately led some to Andros Island in the British Bahamas and the others to the Florida interior, where they and their descendants fought in the Second Seminole War. The destruction of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River in 1816 was followed by the Battle of Suwannee in 1818 and then the destruction of Angola and the other maroon communities south of Tampa Bay in 1821. It is a history of tragedy but also of survival.