Middens, Mounds, and
Mortuary Cults: The Archaeology of the Byrd Hammock Site
Jeffrey Shanks is an archaeologist with the
National Park Service and field director for the recent archaeological
excavations at the Byrd Hammock Site in Wakulla County.
He is an expert on
the Woodland Period archaeology of North Florida and has authored and co-authored
a number of articles and papers on the subject, including a chapter in the
recent book New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida.
Jeffrey and his
colleagues were awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Archaeology from
the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for their work at the Byrd Hammock
Site, a prehistoric complex of burial mounds and villages that were in use from
ca. AD 400 to 900 and occupied by the people from the Swift Creek and Weeden
Island cultures. Jeffrey will speak about the history of Byrd Hammock and
related sites and on the results of the recent excavations which are beginning
to shed new light on the lifeways and ceremonial practices of these ancient
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