Prior to European contact, & until c. 1710, the Calusa were dominant throughout southern Florida. Rich coastal ecosystems enabled a complex, hierarchical society, which was expressed in the construction of their towns & temple complexes. This tour visits 2 Calusa sites, both publicly accessible, each managed and interpreted in very different ways. Mound Key State Park, a largely intact, entirely constructed island, was the Calusa capital & the site of internationally significant historical events. Mound House on Fort Myers Beach includes a pioneer-era house museum & interpreted landscape.
Bonita Springs, FL
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learn how late prehistoric peoples thrived in the Florida environment, and designed and constructed their settlements. See best extant example of Calusa construction (120-acre Mound Key) & learn about important historic events there Learn how successive cultures have utilized and altered this site.
See two contrasting approaches to managing publicly accessible archaeological sites
Understand potential tensions or conflicts in emphasizing natural vs. cultural resources. Learn how Mound House, located in a residential area, has been restored & is managed as a cultural resource
Dave Sacks & Theresa Schober
Course # 0011009