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Feb 22, 2024 05:30pm - Feb 22, 2024 07:00pm

Science Café - Searching for the First Floridians

5:30PM - Social at the Museum
6:00PM - Presentation at the RELC

Join Dr. Bob Knight, director of the Florida Springs Institute, to discuss an archaeological study he conducted at the Tatum-Crockett Site on the Lower Santa Fe River.

A group of avocational archaeologists, including Bob, completed a four-year excavation on uplands adjoining the Lower Santa Fe river and an artesian spring. The project’s focus was to establish an approximate maximum age of human occupation at the site. In addition, the excavation was an attempt to place Simpson, Suwannee, and Clovis artifacts in a defined chronological context. The earliest cultural evidence at this site was dated to a minimum of about 25,000 years before present.

Dr. Knight is Founder and Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, located in High Springs, and a long-time avocational archaeologist with considerable excavation experience. As a graduate student, Knight studied the ecology of Silver Springs and received his Ph.D. in Systems Ecology under Dr. Howard Odum at the University of Florida in 1980. Dr. Knight’s professional career focused on aquatic and wetland ecology, with planning and design of treatment wetlands and ecosystem- level studies of many Florida springs. He is an advocate for the protection of springs and the natural environment.

Dr. Knight has contributed articles to the Florida Anthropologist (1993, 1997, 1998, 2022) and is the author of dozens of reports focused on springs ecology, restoration, and protection. He has also written several books.

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234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand, FL 32723
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The lecture will be livestreamed on our Facebook page beginning at 6PM. Registration is not necessary if you plan to watch online.