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COVID-19 Update

Hey all-

After weighing our options carefully, we have elected to cancel our upcoming lecture season. We hope to resume normal operations in the 2021-2022 lecture season. In the meantime, we will try to keep the website updated with new digital content.

Monthly Meetings

Next Event:

Florida Indians in Cuba: an archaeological project in Guanabacoa

Presented by archaeologist Odlanyer Hernandez-de-Lara

March 26, 2020 at 6 PM at the Palm Beach County Library : 3650 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach 33406

From the beginning of 16th century to 1823, Florida Indians were transported or migrated to Cuba as a result of different socio-political scenarios. The transfer of Florida to United States in 1821 ended this process, with the final royally-funded Creek delegation arriving in 1823. Historical documents refer that most of the Indian families from Florida settled in the Indian Town of Guanabacoa, east of Havana, but no material evidence had been encountered until now, when the Gabinete de Arqueología de La Habana and Archaeological and Historical Conservancy joined efforts in a new archaeological project. Here I will present the results of the recent fieldwork in Guanabacoa, which was focused on the oldest known area of the town, where the first church and cemetery were located. Significant archaeological materials were found, including an artifact associated with the Florida Indians, providing the first archaeological evidence of their presence in Guanabacoa. 

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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