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Two noted archeologists to speak at 2014 Calusa Heritage Day March 15

January 22, 2014
Pine Island Eagle

Victor Thompson, known in Southwest Florida for his archaeological work at Pineland, Mound Key and Robert's Island, has been chosen as keynote speaker for this year's Calusa Heritage Day, Saturday, March 15, at the Calusa Heritage Trail.

Calusa Heritage Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 15, at the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland. (GPS users should input Bokeelia instead of Pineland.)

Describing himself as "interested in the ritual and ceremonial landscapes, subsistence systems and the political development of the peoples who occupied these areas over extended time frames," Thomson will talk about "The Crafting of the Ancient Landscapes."

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Visitors at Calusa Heritage Day 2013 learn about how Calusa used plants for medicine, food, tools, and more.


Thompson is director of the Center for Archaeological Science at the University of Georgia.

Additionally, William Marquardt, director of Randell Research Center, will invite visitors to think about how seemingly mundane things can make important contributions to our understanding of the past, in his discussion of "Shells, Animal Bones, and the Stories They Tell."

Marquardt also directs the Institute of Archaeology and Paleoenvironmental Studies at the University of Florida.

Calusa Heritage Day includes children's activities, harbor history tours, guided tours of the Calusa Heritage Trail, Calusa tool and weapon crafting demonstrations, local historical, scientific and art exhibits and much more. Details will be supplied as events are finalized.

Admission is $5 for adults, free to children; Randell Center members also are free. Parking, including handicapped parking, is available on site.

Free water is available throughout the day; participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Food is for sale by Pine Island-based Little Lillie's Island Deli and Mel Meo's fish wagon.

For information, call 239-283-2062 or 239-283-2157; or online at

Randell Research Center is dedicated to archaeology, history, ecology and preserving the Calusa legacy.



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