Rethinking the Significance and Long-term Histories of Archaic Shell Mounds
The Middle St. Johns River is home to one of the highest densities of Archaic-aged (6200-3500 BP) shell mounds in the southeast. Although many mounds were places of habitation, contemporary research indicates that some shell mounds were purposefully constructed as mortuary monuments, while others contain shellfish remains but little else. This presentation examines recent excavations conducted by the University of Florida and describes the changing significance of shell mounds over the course of the pre-pottery and pottery Archaic periods. This program, co-sponsored by the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. Recommended for adults.