February 18, 2016 7pm
“The Old Vero Man Site and Paleoindian Archaeology in Florida”
Dr. Andrew Hemmings
Claims of a Pleistocene human presence in Florida were debated for nearly a century before widespread acceptance of the Folsom, NM finds helped decide the issue in 1927. The Vero site, excavated by Elias Sellards and his crew, between 1915-1917, was by far the most prominent and hotly contested. Yet, the basic questions of cultural affinity, age of the site, and the lifeways of early peoples in the far south remain unanswered. Current investigations by OVIASC and Mercyhurst have documented a human presence dating between 11,100 and 14,000 calendar years ago. This work is summarized and the sites meaning is discussed as part of the larger Paleoindian occupation of Florida.