​​Jacksonville Society
Archaeological Institute of America

Oct. 21, 2017   International Archaeology Day


The Archaeological Institute of America--Jacksonville Society and the Beaches Museum and History Park will present the fourth annual International Archaeology Day fair on Oct. 21, 2017 at the museum, 381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A lecture by Vicki K. Rolland will take place at noon in the historic 1887 chapel in the park.  Rolland is an expert with the Archaeology Lab at the University of North Florida and will discuss the information that can be gleaned from ancient faunal remains recovered from archaeological sites.

​​​​April 22, 2017   Dr. William Keegan, Professor of Caribbean Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History


Columbus and Cannibals in the Land of Cotton


In the decade prior to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage there was a mad scramble to “discover” where Columbus made first landfall in the Americas.  Historians, geographers, geologists, navigators, computer specialists, journalists, and even archaeologists joined the hunt.  In the process of solving this mystery (albeit three candidates still claim victory), it became clear that virtually everything we thought we knew about Columbus was wrong.  This lecture highlights archaeologies contributions toward revealing what John Noble Wilford (NY Times) called “The mysterious history of Columbus.”  In the process we’ll journey through lands of cotton and cannibals, and explore new research into production and exchange in the prehistoric Caribbean.



May 20, 2017  Peter Fix from Texas A & M


The Recovery of the La Belle


In 1684 famous French explorer La Salle left France with plans to establish a colony at the Mississippi River but got lost on the way.  Instead, he landed the colonists on the Texas coast between Galveston and Corpus Christi at a settlement  called Fort St. Louis.  HIs  ship the La Belle sank in 1686 and was lost until the Texas Historical Commission began searching for the ship in 1995.  The story of the ship's location and  excavation in Matagorda Bay, its conservation at Texas A & M's Conservation Research Laboratory, and its reconstruction in Austin's Bullock Museum is the subject of Peter Fix's lecture.  As the conservator and head of reconstruction , Fix knows every piece of the puzzle after working on it for around 20 years.  It is a story of dedication and hard work by many archaeologists and workers in related fields with a rare complete  ending--a reconstructed historic  ship.

Upcoming Lectures

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No sign up needed ... just show up and bring your friends!  

Lectures are held at 12 pm in building 51 (Social Sciences) on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville.

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