Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.

De Soto Slept Here, Not There: The Archaeology of Early Contact and Missions Sites in Northern Central Florida and the Making and Exposure of an Archaeological Hoax

Dr. Willet A. Boyer III of the Aucilla Research Institute

The Marion County region of northern central Florida was the location of three of the Timucuan chiefdoms: Ocale, Potano and Acuera, referred to in accounts of the Hernando de Soto entrada, as well as several seventeenth-century mission sites. Claims were made in the popular press in 2012 that the so-called "White Ranch Site", 8MR3538, in this region represented the early contact and mission-era site of Potano. Long-term research at the Hutto/Martin Site (8MR3447) and the Richardson Site (8AL100) has confirmed that these sites represent genuine early contact and mission sites, while archaeological study at the purported "White Ranch Site" revealed no precontact, early contact, or mission-era site ever existed there. The results of study at these and other sites will be presented, and avenues for future long-term research in this region discussed.

This program is sponsored by the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society, and the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education.

Lectures are held at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.

These programs are free and open to the public. Register at least 24 hours prior by visiting www.pinellascountyextension.org, clicking on the “Online Class Registration” button, and then choosing “Weedon Island”. You may also phone 727-453-6500 to reserve your place.

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