Wednesday, May 16, 2012

30th Anniversary of an amazing discovery in Titusville


30 years ago - an amazing archaeological discovery was made by accident. A backhoe operator whose plan was to continue with a building project in Titusville Florida uncovered a 7,000 year old graveyard. The artifacts found rocked the academic world on archaeology and anthropology. 

Among the remains and relics found were weaved fabrics that were used to wrap the dead, seeds of what their people ate, tools made from animal teeth, and most amazing of all - brain tissue found in the skulls.  Even a child’s bones were found that had her favorite toys in her arms.


The reason for the astounding preservation is that this burial was in a peat bog which was covered by water which helped preserve the remains for thousands of years. "The pond has proved to be one of the most important and productive "wet" archaeological site in the history of the nation. Scientists from around the world have taken part in the study, preservation, and analysis of materials taken from the pond.” said the The NBBD website.http://www.nbbd.com/godo/history/windover/


This Friday May 18th, readers can learn more by enjoying a  a guided tour through the museum and a talk by noted archaeologist Dr. Rachel Wentz, author of "Life and Death at Windover: Excavations of a 7,000-year-old Pond Cemetery".  Funds raised from this event will be used to support the museum containing the Windover exhibit.

Don't miss it May 18, 2012
6:pm to 8:pm
Prices $30 Includes: Lecture & Guided Tour of Museum
$45 includes all of the above plus Dr. Wentz's new book.

Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
2201 Michigan Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32926
"Where history comes alive"
For more information call 321-632-1830


Credits:
Joe Richardson
NBBD website