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Zooarchaeological Findings at Canaveral National Seashore

Mar 14th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Education, MDC News

 MDC Lecture Focuses on Zooarchaeological Findings at CNS

University of Florida Senior Biological Scientist Irv Quitmyer of the Florida Museum of Natural History will be the guest speaker for the March monthly lecture at The Marine Discovery Center.

Associated with the Florida Museum for 37 years, Quitmyer will present findings in recent zooarchaeological research conducted at Canaveral National Seashore (CNS). The research focuses on maritime people through the study of animal remains found in Castle Windy and Turtle Mound – formerly home to Native Americans in what is now a national park.

The lecture will be held Thursday, March. 16, starting at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

A University of Florida alum, Quitmyer specializes in zooarchaeology, an emerging scientific discipline that seeks to document the interaction of humans in the natural world through the study of the zoology and ecology of archaeological sites.

Quitmyer is among the first zooarchaeologists to recognize that such locations as the shell middens in Canaveral National Seashore represent archives of ancient human ecology and environment.

“At its fundamental level, we are constructing a model of how the pre-Hispanic people of Canaveral National Seashore made their living by identifying their refuse,” Quitmyer explained.

Author and co-author of more than 75 scientific articles during his career, Quitmyer has performed a wide range of work, including: research on the growth and geochemistry of hard clams; a zooarchaeological record of pre-Hispanic fishing strategies; fossil and zooarchaeological history of the gopher tortoise; and estuarine adaptations during the late prehistoric period.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge. No reservations are required.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.