Traces of Our Past lecture series

With FIPSE funds facilitating the construction of the New College Public Archaeology Lab and its program in regional heritage, I wanted to share the incredibly rich scholarship from Florida archaeology with the communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Thanks to generous funding by the Florida Humanities Council and a partnership with Time Sifters Archaeological Society, New College hosted four years of lectures on Florida’s past. NCF Communications filmed some of the presentations, and the YouTube links are below.

2009-10 Traces of our Past: Florida’s History through Archaeology
For the first year, five archaeologists came to NCF and addressed insights into the Florida past.
Traces of Our Past 2009
Traces of our Past: Series Introduction 

Traces Introduction

Coping with Rising Water in Florida for 12,000 Years
Kenneth Sassaman, University of Florida

Sassaman Rising Water

Archaeology in the Archives
Jerald Milanich, University of Florida

Milanich Photographs

Archaeology of the Unconquered People
Brent Weisman, University of South Florida

Weisman Unconquered

Ancient Art of Florida’s Native People
Barbara Purdy, University of Florida

Purdy Art

Discovering Civil War Florida
William Lees, Florida Public Archaeology Network

Lees Civil War

2010-11 Dialogues with Florida’s Past
In the second year of the series, we placed two scholars on stage to dialogue on crucial issues.
Dialogues Brochure

Archaeology and Climate Change
featuring Ken Sassaman, University of Florida and Frank Alcock, New College and director of Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Lab.

Dialogues 1

 Lessons for the Environment 
featuring Craig Pittman, the Tampa Bay Times and William H. Marquardt, University of Florida

Dialogues 2

Archaeology and the Preservation of History
featuring with Barbara Little and John McCarthy

Dialogues 3


2011-12 The Archaeology of Spanish La Florida
With the five hundredth anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s expedition to what he named la Florida, three lectures on Spanish period Florida (no videos available)
Spanish La Florida

Ft. Mose: America’s Black Fortress of Freedom
Kathleen Deagan, University of Florida

These Old Streets: The Archaeology of Spanish St. Augustine
Robin Moore, St. Johns County Growth Management

The Emmanuel Point Ships: Florida’s Earliest Shipwrecks
Della Scott-Ireton, Florida Public Archaeology Network

Spring 2012

Willie Johns from Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum spoke at Seminole history for Archaeo-Fest (video not available)
Eating House  Willie Johns

2012-13 Voices from Native Florida
The final year of the series brought prominent members of Native American nations to NCF (no videos available)
Brian Zepeda
Seminole Tribe of Florida

C. Randall Daniels (Sakim)
Carrier of Traditions for the Apalachicola

The audience for the lecture series demonstrated the interest in the local communities for learning about the Florida past. Audiences ranged from 150 to 220 people at New College's Mildred F. Sainer Art & Music Pavilion.
Audience for Archaeology Lecture

Each year, Time Sifters Archaeological Society hosts interesting, engaging speakers at free, public presentations on the third Wednesday of the month (excluding the June-August) usually at the Selby Public Library; see their website for the schedule and details: Time Sifters Archaeological Society 

In March 2016, the Time Sifters - NCPAL lecture series returned to New College for a special presentation by Michael Twitty on Culinary Justice.

Michael Twitty March 2016 Culinary Justice

In March 2017, New College New Topics included NCPAL and Vickie Oldham spoke on Newtown Alive: Courage. Dignity. Determination

Newtown Alive: Courage. Dignity. Determination. Vickie Oldham 2017

The last in the decade-long series came in November 2017 with Brian Zepada (Seminole Tribe of Florida) presenting on his art 
Zepada 2017

Time Sifters