Archaic Tree Island Sites in the Northern Everglades

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Gulf Coast University professor, Dr. William Locascio will be the speaker at the January 17th meeting. His topic is “The Wedgworth Midden (8PB16175) Field School and Excavations.” The Wedgworth Midden (8PB16175) is an Archaic tree-island site located in Belle Glade, Florida, just south of Lake Okeechobee. This site, along with other tree-island sites, plays a significant role in the analysis of prehistoric life in the Everglades. The Wedgworth Midden provides insight to the past environment of the northern Everglades and how the peoples who inhabited the tree islands utilized resources in that area. During the 2016 -2018 field seasons, Bill and his students from Florida Gulf Coast University had the opportunity to participate and learn from the site’s excavation. The field school allowed students to train in methods of archaeological data collection while also contributing to the growing information of prehistoric south Florida.