Windover Archaeological Site

The Windover Archaeological Site, the most significant burial complex in North America, is a charnel pond used by early hunter-gatherers more than 7,000 years BP.

In 1982, a backhoe driver named Steve Vangerjagt discovered one of the most important archaeological burial sites in North America. Vanderjagt was working at a site at the shallow pond near Titusville for Jim Swann's development compnay. As the backhoe raised a bucket full of dirt from the murky swamp-like environment, a new chapter in Florida's pre-history was written.

Inside the exhibit:

  • Walk through a reconstruction of the burial dig site. 
  • Gaze into the eyes of 'Windover Woman'.
  • See original grave goods from Florida's Archaic Period.
  • Try your hand at bioarchaeology at our interactive lab station.

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Incised Bird Bone

This incised bird bone tube from the Windover Archaeological Site is now on display, Only five bone tubes were recovered and most were associated with female burials. Although, one was associated with a juvenile (sex indeterminate burial) Manufactured from cut sections of the upper arm bone of a large bird (possibly a pelican), three were decorated with incised patterns like the one seen here. This decoration could have been achieved using a shark tooth or chert engraving tool.