Welcome Back!!!!!

Our first lecture of the season will look at some of the cutting edge aspects of archaeology being utilized in the field. Hope to see you there!

Location: Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803
Time: 7pm
Free and open to the public, no rsvp required. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Contact: 321-948-3994

“Technoarchaeology” by Joseph A. Evans, M.A.

Imagine a place where Indiana Jones meets NASA (well, almost!) Technoarchaeology applies cutting-edge technological methods, techniques, and approaches to the scientific, systematic study of humanity’s past via material remains, or archaeology. Frequently this means technoarchaeologists explore innovations made for other sectors and outside of our discipline.
One such scientist, Joe Evans, performs this type of research in conjunction with the University of South Florida—an example of which is his work as the first archaeologist of Google’s “Project Glass” Explorers Program, utilizing the latest in Augmented Reality (AR) to bring students and people to archaeological sites otherwise inaccessible as well as to enhance visitor experience for those able. AR is a newly-developing technology which enables the overlay of digital information on top of the real world in effort to better relate, explain, or otherwise connect people to other people and places. One may be familiar with this technology from its other uses–specifically with televised sporting events—to do such things as place the scoreboard or first-down line on the screen for football. AR allows people to “annotate reality” in a variety of ways, with a variety of datatypes.

Joseph A. Evans, MA is a a PhD student and technoarchaeologist with the University of South Florida, investigating emergent extradisciplinary/extra-industrial technologies, evaluating their application as potential solutions for addressing current archaeological (and anthropological) challenges–which typically focus around the rapid, high-definition digital documentation, visualization, and interaction with vulnerable natural/cultural heritage resources. This spans the entire range of archaeological prospection: from aerial archaeology using a powered parachute; to 3D laser scanning/LiDAR in the air, water, or ground; to iOS and Android app development for digital visualization of archaeological information.



Join us on February 13th at 7pm for the CFAS lecture series.  The meeting will be held at Leu Gardens and is free and open to the public.  Any questions, please contact Kevin Gidusko at 321-948-3994 or kagidusko@hotmail.com.


Times They Are A-Changin’

Human-Landscape Interaction on the Gulf Coast of Florida

Paulette S. McFadden

 The northern Gulf Coast of Florida is a dynamic landscape that has changed significantly since the end of the Last Glacial Maximum.  Even so, humans have lived along this coastline for millennia, navigating sometimes rapid and significant shifts in resource availability and coastal morphology.  Research in the Horseshoe Beach area of the northern Gulf Coast seeks to reconstruct a detailed environmental record of change at the scale of human experience, with attention toward eventful change, such as high-energy storms, periods of rapid sea-level rise, and oyster reef system collapse.  Eventful change likely challenged existing cultural customs, and may have necessitated actions designed to incorporate new conditions into cultural practices.  This presentation outlines the program of proposed geoarchaeological research in the Horseshoe Beach area and presents preliminary results of test unit excavations at Bird Island (8DI52), shovel testing at Garden Patch (8DI4), and sediment core collection from Horseshoe Cove.

Paulette S. McFadden

Professional Biography


Paulette received her Master’s from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where her research included a geoarchaeological study of a stratified relict dune site in the coastal plain of North Carolina. That study resulted in the creation of a chronology of the formation and occupation of the ancient landform, contributing to a better understanding of how occupants of the coastal plain region of North Carolina adapted to changing conditions in the early Holocene environment.  Paulette entered the doctoral program at the University of Florida in 2009, and was elevated to doctoral candidacy in 2012.  Her concentration remains archaeology of the pre-Columbian southeastern United States, with a specialization in geoarchaeology. Her current research applies an interdisciplinary approach to the study of pre-Columbian populations along the northern Gulf Coast of Florida, where humans have navigated significant environmental shifts since the end of the last Ice Age.  Her emphasis is on reconstructing past sea-level changes and human-environment interactions.

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Just to update: We had a cancellation and CFAS President, Kevin Gidusko, lectured on prehistoric tool and weapon usage among Florida’s Native Peoples.

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Thomas Penders presents, “The Jupiter Missile Crash Site”

Missile crash sites offer a tangible reminder of the Cold War and the United States of America’s competition with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the race into space and the quest for military superiority. Missile crash sites belong to the recent past and can provide valuable data on the development of missile and rocket programs; topics included within the rapidly developing discipline of modern conflict archaeology. The early United States missile program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station) was most noted for the high number of mission failures. The Atlantic waters are known to contain the debris and wreckage of many of these failed missions. Others are known to have crashed on land, but no terrestrial crash sites at CCAFS had been subjected to a formal cultural resources assessment. This changed with the investigation of the Jupiter Missile Crash Site (8BR2087) in 2007 and again in 2012. This presentation provides a brief background discussionon the Cold War and the Jupiter missile program, introduces the reader to the emerging field of aerospace archaeology, and then discusses the Jupiter Missile Crash site. As part of this analysis, I evaluated a series of missile crash candidates using archaeological and documentary evidence to determine the probable identity of the missile launch and crash responsible
for 8BR2087.

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Join us on October 11th at 7pm for the CFAS October lecture.  The meeting will be held at Leu Gardens and is free and open to the public.  Any questions, please contact Kevin Gidusko at 321-948-3994 or kagidusko@hotmail.com.

Return To Prehistoric Florida: Land of the Ice Age Giants

Join Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History James “Zach” Zacharias from the Museum of Arts and Sciences Daytona Beach, Florida as he brings to light the
amazing diversity of “Ice Age Giants” that once roamed Florida until the end of the Pleistocene Epoch 13,000 years ago.  Learn about the recent discovery of the Nova Road Mastodon Elephant skeleton in Daytona Beach by Zach and excavated by the museum on Thanksgiving Weekend of 2011. There will be lots of specimens on display to hold and examine from the recent dig as well as from the permanent collection of the MOAS.

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June 14, 2012 at 7pm

Life and Death at WindoverThe June CFAS meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Rachel Wentz, director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network East Central Region. In 1982, a backhoe operator working at what would become the new Windover Farms housing development in Titusville, Florida, uncovered a human skull. The bones of several other individuals soon emerged from the peat bog. It would be determined that the human remains uncovered at Windover were between 7,000 and 8,000 years old, making them 3,200 years older than King Tutankhamen and 2,000 years older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt. This was just the beginning of an archaeological adventure that continues today. We will have two books authored by Dr. Wentz for sale at meeting: “Life and Death at Windover” and “Chasing Bones”.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Kevin Gidusko at kagidusko@hotmail.com or (321) 948-3994.

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Those of us who attended the FAS conference had a wonderful time in Tallahassee.  We would like to give a special thanks to the members of PAST, the region’s FAS chapter, who hosted and made it such a great success.  The conference was held at the wonderful Mission San Luis whose volunteers and employees did an excellent job of running a top notch public archaeology facility while the conference was occurring.  Represented at this conference were a few of our own CFAS members who did a top notch job representing our chapter as well as their research.  Thanks to everyone who made it a great conference and we’ll see you next year in St. Augustine!


Not pictured is CFAS rep. Jason Wenzel who presented his paper “Sunshine, Booze, and Monkeys: Perspectives For The Anthropology of Florida Tourism.”  As can be guessed it was a pretty popular paper!

CFAS Director-At-Large Gregg Harding presenting on Florida Caves