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New Directions in the Search for the First Floridians$
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David K. Thulman and Ervan G. Garrison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400738

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400738.001.0001

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Paleoindian Archaeology in Florida in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Paleoindian Archaeology in Florida in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Chapter:
(p.13) 1 Paleoindian Archaeology in Florida in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
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New Directions in the Search for the First Floridians
Author(s):

James S. Dunbar

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400738.003.0002

Thulman’s chapter opens this volume and reviews the status of not only Paleoindian but also subsequent temporal Archaeologies in Florida. Because the scholarship in this area is so large, it cannot be reviewed in detail. However, Thulman does provide the reader with a synopsis and a guide to the larger body of scholarship. What this chapter provides instead is a well-deserved focus on the role of water or hydrology writ large (rivers, springs, and drowned coastal plain drainages) and Florida’s early inhabitants. Without the preservation potential of inundated sites, the large number of preserved organic remains would not have been recovered. No other U.S. state has the close relationship of hydrology and the preservation of ancient sites that Florida has. Such finds provide insights into paleolithic cultures that would have otherwise been simply impossible because of the lack of tangible evidence.

Keywords:   Florida, Paleoindian, Environment, Preservation, Organic, River

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