Save the date!

Our friends at the Florida Public Archaeology Network are co-hosting an event with the University of Miami on February 24th, this Saturday, in the Storer Auditorium on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

For more information or to register, please visit

See you there!


February 17th, 2018 @ 2 PM

Beginning February 17th, 2018 (at 2 PM), we will be located at the Lantana Branch Library located at 4020 Lantana Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33462.

“Comparative Clay Analysis and Curation for Archaeological Pottery Studies” presented by Ann S. Cordell, MA RPA

Authors: Ann S. Cordell, Neill J. Wallis (both FLMNH), and Gerald Kidder (UF, retired)

We describe curation and use of clay samples as part of the ceramic ecology program at the Florida Museum’s Ceramic Technology Laboratory (FLMNH-CTL). We outline the history of the comparative collection and detail the standard operating procedure by which samples are processed, analyzed, and curated. We also provide examples of how the collection has been used in research projects as well as some of the challenges inherent to studies using such samples. Our collection of processed clays and associated thin sections represents a valuable resource for ongoing and future lab endeavors and is available to other Florida and southeastern researchers.

ceramic_ann_home(Photo cred.: Florida Museum of Natural History)

January 20th, 2018 @ 2 p.m.

Archaeology of the Cold War Promo

“Archaeology of the Cold War in South Florida”

The Cold War changed South Florida’s political and physical climate.  In this presentation, we will explore the top secret sites associated with the Cold War located throughout south Florida, and how these structures shaped permanent shaped the landscape, as well as exploring what we can do to preserve awareness of this critical time in our history.

Presenter: Sara Ayers-Rigsby, MA, RPA

Director, Southeast/Southwest Regions

Florida Public Archaeology Network

This lecture will be located at the Main Library of Palm Beach County

3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

November Lecture:


Saturday November 18 at 2 PM –

 Summit Branch of the Palm Beach County Library

3650 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach

The Archaeology of Everglades Tree Islands – by Palm Beach County Historic Preservation Research Intern

 Jessica Baker  

During this presentation, we will be exploring the archaeology of Everglades tree islands through time, with particular focus on the genesis and prehistoric occupation of this network of islands which spans ~12,000 square miles of wetlands.  Everglades tree islands have potentially been inhabited since the formation of Lake Okeechobee, and throughout this presentation, light will be shed on the material culture that was left behind on this vast network of islands.

It has long been held that Belle Glade and the surrounding Everglades area was largely a series of short-term occupational areas of those travelling from coast to coast; this discussion will illuminate the incredible amount of potential habitation area and the resources available, which have the potential for permanent, year-round occupation.

In an ever-changing network of environments, fluctuating climate, and natural disasters, how would the prehistoric peoples of Florida adapt to live in one of the largest networks of islands in the Southeast?  How do we begin to locate the material culture within an area that has largely been developed and utilized for agriculture?


Lectures will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 2 pm at the Summit (Main) Branch of the Palm Beach County Public Library. The season will begin in November and end in April.


Jan – Sara Ayers-Rigsby

Feb – Ann Cordell

Apr- Nate Lawres


March Is Archaeology Month: PBCAS will host their annual Archaeo-Fest at the South Florida Science Center. SATURDAY MARCH 3RD!