Next Event:

Florida Archaeology: A History
A lecture presented by Rudy Puscucci: Director of the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History 
WHEN: Thursday November 21 2019 at 6:00pm
WHERE: Summit Branch of the Palm Beach County Public Library
3650 SUMMIT BLVD., West Palm Beach 33406
For more information contact us at: (772) 252-0774


Who were the first Floridians? Where did they come from? What civilizations did they build here? What was their eventual fate? This lecture presents the story of the first Floridians which began during the last Ice Age, and continued to the time of historic contact with European explorers.  Key sites and the archaeological projects associated with them are discussed. In addition, the history of archaeology in Florida from its earliest pioneers will be highlighted including the foundation of statewide organizations like the Florida Anthropological Society, The Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the Division of Historical Resources.

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Featured Speaker: Bio-Anthropologist Dr. Meredith Ellis

The Children of Spring Street:

The Bioarchaeology of Childhood in a 19th Century Abolitionist Congregation

Thursday January 30, 2020 at 6 PM at the Palm Beach County Library : 3650 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach 33406

In this talk Dr. Ellis will introduce the Spring Street Presbyterian Church, a 19th century abolitionist church in lower Manhattan.  In the winter of 2006/2007, construction at the corner of Spring and Varick Streets accidentally unearthed four burial vaults associated with the church.  Some 200 individuals emerged, and offer an unprecedented look at life in early urban New York City. Specifically, Dr. Ellis will discuss the subadult (children’s) remains from the collection, and how studying the bodies of the youngest non-surviving members of the congregation can teach us about what it was like to be a child growing up in this time.

Internship Opportunity

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Historic Preservation/ Archaeology

Christian Davenport, M.A., RPA

Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist

Archaeology is responsible for identifying, protecting, and promoting cultural resources (archaeological and historic structures), throughout unincorporated Palm Beach County. These goals are achieved through the formulation and administration of the County’s historic preservation ordinances. This Section of the County’s Planning Division coordinates and, advises local governments and other organizations regarding cultural resource management (CRM) issues. Chris Davenport is also the staff liaison to the County’s Historic Resource Review Board (HRRB). This Section has an education component consisting of public outreach events and an internship program. Find out more about Palm Beach County’s Archaeology Section through the links below.

Palm Beach County Archaeology, Planning Division Website