Great Gathering Places! Pre-Columbian Ritual and Social Integration at Florida Shell Mounds
Beginning at least 8,000 years ago, Native peoples in Florida began piling up shellfish at important places on the landscape, a tradition that eventually culminated in the erection of hundreds of monumental-scale mounds across the state. The functions and cultural significance of these structures have long been a source of contentious debate among regional archeologists.
In this lecture, Dr. Gilmore discusses recent research from the St. Johns River basin that suggests at least some of these mounds were the settings of large-scale feasts and other ritual events, which helped integrate people and artifacts from across the American Southeast.
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Where: Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science - Cocoa, Florida