Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Friends of the Vol., No.2

-I i- June 2003

Randell Research Center

RRC Breaks Ground for New Teaching Complex

by Bill Marquardt

T April 3, the Randell
Research Center held a groundbreaking ceremony
for its new teaching facility to be built at the
Pineland archaeological site. As more than 80
people looked on, Steve Stans, representing the
Stans Foundation, which granted $105,000
toward the project, plunged a shell digging tool
into the dirt, symbolically breaking ground for
the facility that he helped fund. It was probably
the first time in over 300 years that such a tool
has been used there. J. n 1111 .i ',,i in the ground
breaking were Warren Miller, representing the
Maple Hill Foundation; Stuart Brown, Chair of
the RRC Advisory Board; John Worth, RRC
Coordinator; and Bill Marquardt, RRC Director.
Before the groundbreaking, Bill gave a brief
history of the Southwest Florida Project and
previous research and education at Pineland,
John spoke about the programs of the RRC today,
and Florida Museum of Natural History director
Doug Jones talked about our vision for the future.
Comments were then made by Ray Judah, Chair
of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners;
D. T Minich, Lee Island Coast Visitor and Conven
tion Bureau; Sally Tapager, Greater Pine Island
Chamber of Commerce; Paul Miller, Maple Hill
Foundation; and Steve Stans, The Stans Foundation.
Enough money is now in hand to build the
parking area, handicapped-accessible restrooms,
an activity deck, and an interpreted walking trail.
The trail project is supported by a grant from the

Left to right:
Steve Stans,
John Worth,
Warren Miller,
Stuart Brown,
and Bill .:
formally break
ground for the
new teaching
complex at

Florida Department of State. Additional funds of
$222,403 are needed to complete the project,
which will include a classroom seating 50 people,
a book and ifli 1' and storage space for equip
ment and teaching materials. "When the pavilion
is finished, we will be able to teach classes, show
videos, and give public programs on archaeology
and ecology," said Bill Marquardt. "We've done
research in this area for 20 years, and now we
will have a comfortable, accessible place to teach
people what we have learned."
"The ample deck and classroom will give a
whole new dimension to our programs for students,
local residents, and tourists, and make it possible
for us to reach many more people," said John
Worth. "Now we'll have a safe, comfortable place
out of the sun for our programs. And visitors will
be able to walk the site on their own, to learn
about the past or just to enjoy a pleasant
outdoor experience."
Bill added that "none of this would have
happened without community support and
funding from both private and public sources.
In addition to the Stans Foundation, the
Maple Hill Foundation, other gifts, and the
state matching funds, many people have
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A group of more than 80 listens as Bill
Marquardt talks about our first 20 years
of research and education in southwest
Florida. (Photo by Karen Walker)

donated their time and professional services. Lee
County bought property that provides our office
and lab space. And the University of Florida
funds a position for John Worth, our coordinator.
Today's groundbreaking ceremony gives us an
opportunity to thank everyone for their help."

Teaching Pavilion and
Interpreted Walking Trail
Made Possible by Funds Provided by:
The Stans Foundation ($105,000)
The Maple Hill Foundation ($25,000)
Michael Hansinger ($10,000)
William Marquardt ($1,000)
State of Florida Matching Gifts Trust Fund ($141,000)
Florida Department of State,
Division of Historical Resources ($300,000)
Friends of the Randell Research Center ($26,000)
Major Professional Services Donated by:
Keene ....... II Inc. ($24,670)
Parker-Mudgett-Smith, Architects ($17,000)
Forestry Resources, Inc. ($21,000)
Coastplan, Inc. ($3,825)
Mariner Properties Development Inc.
Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank ($9,510)
Volunteers of the Randell Research Center ($11,716)
To complete classroom and book shop ($222,403)
Please contact John Worth (239 283-2062) or Bill
Marquardt (352-392 1721, ext. 492) for information on
naming opportunities at levels ranging from $2,500 to


Report of the Coordinator
by John Worth I

1 k- and volunteers are
beginning to breathe a sigh of relief after a record
year of public visitation and near constant activity.
During June 2002-May 2003, 1,901 visitors toured
the Pineland site. This included 24 tours to public,
private, and home-school groups (775 students and
teachers), 75 tours to other groups or to the general
public (942 visitors), and 184 registered visitors
who took the new self guided tour based at the
Tarpon Lodge. During this same period, more than
3,000 hours of volunteer time were logged.
The spring also witnessed quite a bit of archaeo
logical fieldwork. One highlight was a March



Postholes at base of occupational layer in first
test pit at summit of Surf Clam Ridge, Pineland.
(Photo by John Worth)
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excavation near the highest
point of Useppa Island. With the
permission of landowners Peter -
and Sally Bergsten and Bill and i
Sherry Welch, RRC volunteers ,.,-.
under my direction opened
several 1 -x-1 meter test pits "'
along the level summit of Calusa
Ridge, not far below the sites of .
previous excavations by Florida
Museum of Natural History teams. The initial goal
of the excavations was to determine if there were
any architectural features associated with 1850s
era Fort Casey, but when late 18th century British
ceramics began to appear in the sifters, the
fieldwork expanded to include the possibility of an
early Cuban fishing camp at this elevated location
on the island. Artifact analysis is still ongoing.
Other spring fieldwork focused on Pineland, in
the South Pasture excavations that we began in
January. We now have a 5-x- meter trench open
near the summit of a long sandy elevation called
Surf Clam Ridge, and are gradually removing a
layer of shell to expose a black sandy layer that
may be a prehistoric occupation floor. Posthole
traces are presentjust below this floor layer, and
seem to be concentrated at the summit of the ridge.
Samples of pottery found in the floor appear to

Volunteers Gary Edwards and Gloria Andrews
at work in the second test pit of Operation L at
Pineland's Surf Clam Ridge. (Photo by Diane Maher)

fall within the Caloosahatchee I period (500
B.C.A.D. 500), and sherds from the overlying
shell layer may date to the earliest years of the
Caloosahatchee IIA period (A.D. 500-800). A
radiocarbon date on a quahog clamshell anvil
fragment sealed within the black sand layer above
the postholes fell within the range A.D. 480-560.
The prehistoric occupation floor thus appears to
date very close to the boundary between these
two periods at A.D. 500, making it all the more
important to obtain larger samples of pottery and
other refuse. With persistence and a little luck,
we hope to explore and document a 1500-year
old house-floor here over the next months.

New and Renewing Friends of the RRC as ofJune 15, 2003

(Please let us
Supporting Members
Penniman Family Foundation
Sponsoring Members
Peter & Sally Bergsten
Contributing Members
William H. Boden
Jan & Robin Brown
Ann & George Campbell
Captiva Cruises
U. S. Cleveland
Gretchen & John Coyle
William & Mary Cyzewski
Edison Garden Club
Robin & Lin Fox
Alan & Jennifer Gruber
William & Edna Hager

know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support!)
Charles A. Hoffman Dr. & Mrs. William Hammond Dick W. Blank
Robert & Jacklyn Kish Frances E. Herman Michael R. Brown
J. William & Carol Newbold Shirley Hoch Mrs. John T. Bryans
Dan & Linda O'Connell Bud & Shirley House Joretta Butcher
Caitlin Joy Walker Carl & Penny Johnson Jennifer A. Coplin
Dick Workman John & Martha Kendall Kitty F. Emery
Linda Long Dolores J. Finnearty
Family Members Diane L & John R. Maher Barbara Fleshman
Elizabeth & James Abbott Carolyn M. Murphey Jill Fontaine
Gloria & Andy Andrews Bryan K. Pickett R Christopher Goodwin
William S. & Margaret J. Badgley Robert S. & Mary E. Rude Marcella Howard
Pat Blackwell Stuart L. Staehle Davd Hwar
Vance G. Bradley Harry Straight DavdBe Nthurst
Henry J. & Susan B. Browne Cindy Stroud Bette Northrup
Frank P. Durand Alice P.Turner Denege Patterson
Dr. Ben Elrod Jay Vandervoort Len Richey
Ellen Garten Sue Williams W. Shain Schley
Carol Godwin & Karl Vierck Gene & Dorothy Worth Robert H. Stovall
Norm Gowan C. Gail Swanson
Jo Ann Griffin Individual Members Barbara A. Thomas
Margaret Griffin Vance E. Arnett Dr. William G. Vernetson
Michael S. Hammond, Jr. John G. Beriault Stephen Williams


The Write Stuff
by Lana Swearingen,
RRC Volunteer Coordinator

the opportunity to step into the life
of your favorite author. And imagine that he
shares with you his writing techniques and life
experiences. Hard to imagine? Not if the author
is Randy Wayne White and you are one of the 20
aspiring and published writers who attended his
writer's workshop in March. When John Worth
approached Randy about conducting a work
shop to benefit the RRC, he immediately agreed.
Randy set the broad parameters of the event, and
let the RRC volunteers run with it. Lana
Swearingen set about the task of organizing the
event and coordinating volunteer help. Because
it would be held at Randy's house, registration
was limited to 20 people. In no time, registration
was closed, and a waiting list of hopefuls was
started in case someone cancelled. No one did.
Randy graciously donated the entire registration
fee of $250.00 per person to the RRC.
Randy's old Florida cracker-style house with
its screened wrap-around porch overlooking
Pine Island Sound was the perfect setting to
stimulate creativity. To kick off the workshop and
establish a relaxed atmosphere, the first evening
centered around a sunset gathering. After
everyone was introduced ci 1.111li.i .1 1 ,l.
enjoying refreshments, Randy led the way to the
water's edge for all to watch the setting sun. His
first assignment was to write about a personal
interaction with nature. Later the group would
describe the sunset, which was as spectacular as
their descriptions were diverse and original.
The next two days were filled with moments of
intense silence as the group tackled the writing
assignments, bursts of energetic conversation as
stories were shared, and always, Randy's advice,

Workshop participants gather on Randy White's porch overlooking Pine Island Sound.
(Photo by Lana Swearingen)
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encouragement, and tips on how to be a better
writer. Some were novices, others published writers,
but all were fans of Randy's long before they heard
about the workshop. Randy's success as a New
York Ti7i I -1 ,liii 'author, his world adven
tures, and his charismatic personality make him
a natural teacher. His porch became the focal
point for discussion, but everyone was encour
aged to grab their notebooks and pens, seek a
spot that would stir the imagination, and write.
On Saturday, Randy invited Kevin Lollar of
the Fort Myers News-Press to share his thoughts
with the group. Kevin referred to an old Doobie
Brothers song "Listen to the Music',' as he
encouraged everyone to listen, and be part of the
environment. He also told the group to "Do what
Shakespeare does -take an old metaphor and
make it new.
On Sunday, the last day of the
workshop, the RRC volunteers
donated their time and cooking
skills to prepare and serve a
brunch for the writers. John
Worth explained what the
Randell Research Center is all

Randy White and RRC
volunteers at the Pineland
headquarters; Left to right:
Lana Swearingen, Randy
White, Barb Thomas, Pat
Blackwell. (Photo by John Worth.)

Sunset over Pine Island Sound.
(Photo by Lana Swearingen)

about. The group was fascinated by the RRC's
programs, and the Calusa culture. Lana
Swearingen conducted a tour of the Pineland site
at the close of the workshop.
A special thanks goes to all the volunteers
who helped make the workshop a resounding
success, especially Barb Thomas, Diane Maher,
Sydney Cosselman, Dave Hurst, Marty Kendall,
Pat Blackwell, Gloria Andrews, Denege
Patterson, and Gary Edwards. In addition,
sincere thanks go to a number of local busi
nesses that donated merchandise, including
the Tarpon Lodge, Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sun
Harvest Fruit Company, Bert's Bar, Pine Bay
Marina, Tropical Island Wear, and Pine Island
Book Store.

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FLMNH Scientis

Converge on

Pineland Dig
by John Worth

and 3, the RRC at
Pineland hosted a visit by a remarkable array
of specialists in archaeological sciences, all
members of the RRC Research and Collections
Committee, and all employed by or affiliated
with the Florida Museum of Natural History in
Gainesville. Led by Committee Chair Dr. Karen
Walker and RRC Director Dr. Bill Marquardt, the
team spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Pineland,
reviewing previous archaeological work at the
site over the past 15 years, examining the open
excavations and artifacts being recovered this
spring, and meeting and interacting with local
Advisory Board members and RRC volunteers.
In addition to Drs. Walker and Marquardt, the
visiting scientists included Ann Cordell, archaeo
logical ceramic technology specialist; Dr. Kitty
Emery, environmental archaeologist; Elise

John Worth and
William Marquardt
William Marquardt
Lana Swearingen
John Worth
Merald Clark

museum I
registrar and
specialist in |
George Luer,
archaeologist and long time investigator of
Pineland; Irv Quitmyer, collections manager and
specialist in zooarchaeology; Donna Ruhl,
collections manager and specialist in archaeo
botany; Sylvia Scudder, collections manager and
specialist in archaeological soil science. A focus
of the team's efforts was to get a first-hand look
at the Surf Clam Ridge excavations being
conducted by RRC Coordinator Dr. John Worth,
and discuss various strategies and ideas about
the fieldwork. Discussions centered on develop

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Send questions or comments to:
John Worth
Randell Research Center
PO Box 608
Pineland FL 33945-0608
Telephone (239) 283-2062
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Members of the RRC Research and
Collections Committee and staff discuss the
ongoing excavations at Pineland. (Photo by
Kitty Emery)

ing a ii lii- -I ii, _-. i 1 at will permit simulta
neous examination of questions regarding plant
and animal remains, soils and sediments,
and other important facets of the excavation.
Following this visit, individual consultations
with each scientist will be much easier and
more productive.
This was the first opportunity for the
Research and Collections Committee to become
directly involved in the ongoing progress of
renewed archaeological fieldwork at Pineland,
and if the results of this visit are any guide, the
process is working just as originally conceived.
Pineland has always been a model of interdisci
plinary collaboration in archaeology, and the
June visit marks the successful continuation of
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Pineland, Florida* June, 2003
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: johneworth@comcast.net

Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to join, or renew your membership in, the RRC's support society, Friends of the Randell
Research Center. (Current members can find out when their memberships expire by looking at the address label on
their newsletter.)
All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter. Supporters at higher levels are entitled to discounts on our
books and merchandise, advance notice of programs, and special recognition. Your continuing support is vital to our
mission. It means more research, more education, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center.
Thank you.

John E. Worth, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Research Programs and Services
Randell Research Center

Please check the membership level you prefer, and send this form, along with your check
payable to Friends of the Randell Research Center, to:
Membership Coordinator Randell Research Center PO Box 608 Pineland, Florida 33945
- Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter O Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on
annual donor plaque at Pineland site
] Family ($50): Newsletter + advance notice and 10% annual donor plaque at Pineland site
discount on children's programs O Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999), Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($100,000
] Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor andabove) receive all of the above complimentary
and above) receive all of the above + complimentary
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC
ll istg in newseer disRRC publications and special briefings from the
publications and merchandise Director.
O Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual matching funds from the
r tO Please use my gift to obtain matching funds from the
Director's tour and reception National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Randell Research Center is a program of the Florida Museum of Natural History, University ofFlorida.

St DBooks and Videos a

The Domain of the Calusa $
.". VHS video, $19.95

Expedition Florida: $
From Exploration to Exhibition
VHS video, $19.95
Expedition Florida: $
The Wild Heart of Florida
VHS video, $19.95

New Words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of
Ancient Peoples in Southwest Florida Through Archaeology $
by Charles Blanchard, illustrated by Merald Clark
hardcover $24.95
softcover $14.95
F,, : Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida $
by Robert F. Edic
h hardcover $35.00

Culture and Environment in the Domain of the Calusa $
edited by William H. Marquardt
.-" softcover $25.00

Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida $
by Laura Kozuch
-6: softcover $5.00

The Archaeology of Useppa Island $
edited by William H. Marquardt
hardcover $35.00
softcover $20.00
Total price of books and videos: $
Friends of the RRC who give at the $100 level
or above may deduct 20% Discount:
Florida residents add sales tax: +
Shipping: Add $2.00 for first item,
$0.50 for each additional item: +

To order books or videos, make check payable to: Randell Research Center and mail to:
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