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Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Place of Publication: Pineland, Fla.
Publication Date: March 2004
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WRandell Research Center


Surf Clam Ridge Excavations

in Full Swing

Details of Early Pineland Occupationl Behing UL ncov ered


by John Worth

Ex CrVtCL 0ti S and labwork for the 2003
2004 field season moved into high gear in
November, and have continued through the
winter season, with considerable volunteer help.
As of mid February, some 25 square meters have
been opened in a block excavation that originally
started a year ago (see Friends newsletter, March
2002). Although the dig is still in progress, and
some of the most important information still
remains to be examined both in the field and
the lab, the project has already shed new light
on the early inhabitants of the Pineland site.
The focus of the current work is to explore the
ancient human occupation along the landform
known as Surf Clam Ridge. This ridge runs north
northwest to south-southeast, and parallels
Citrus Ridge just inland to the east. Excavations
have revealed a blanket of shell and other debris
across the summit of Surf Clam Ridge, and pottery


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RRC Education Pavilion In Progress
by John Worth


COr'T W have been hard at work at the new
Randell Center education pavilion over the winter
months. As seen in the accompanying photo, much
of the structure was nearing completion in early
February, including the public restrooms and
water fountain, the big, open activity deck, and
a covered bench area. An inclined walkway leads
to the pavilion from the new graveled parking
area adjacent to Waterfront Drive, which includes
two bus parking areas and ample car parking. In
addition, perimeters are being cleared and fencing
is being installed around the entire RRC parcel
open to the public.
Meanwhile, Synergy Design Group of Tallahassee
is working to complete a series of new interpretive
trail signs that will be installed this summer along
the improved walking trail system at the RRC,


which will itself include an
improved footbridge and
boardwalk sections, as well as
expanded observation platforms
on top of Brown's Mound. By the
end of the summer, the RRC will
look very different than it did
only a year ago, but it should
be remembered that we are still
about $140,000 short of our total
project cost, and until those funds
are raised, the classroom, gift
shop, and storage rooms cannot
be finished. Those wishing to
support this effort should please
call the RRC office at (239) 283
2062 for more information.


Work on the first phase of the RRC's education pavilion was
nearly completed in February when this photo was taken
(photo by John Worth).












holes from Calusa
structures in deep
surf clam midden








Ridge is comprised of this storm deposit and subsequent
(photos by John Worth).


deposit was laid down
t-0 J" -"by a storm surge. In fact,
topographic data now
:.,,,,,_._. 1.a 1, ,virtually the entire elevation of Surf Clam
Ridge is comprised of this storm deposit and subsequent
human habitation on its summit. Soil scientist Sylvia
Scudder at the Florida Museum of Natural History is
conducting studies of these sediments to explore their
origins.


Intact deerjawbone emerging from upper shell midden deposit.
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Surf Clam Ridge continued from page 1
oyster shells, one distinct activity "floor" was
identified, including an oblong firepit or hearth
with many charred animal bones, as well as a
scattering of large fragments of pottery bowls
and shell anvils and other tools. Several bone
beads, a charred chert spearpoint base, a quartzite
abrading stone, and a soapstone pipe bowl
fragment were also recovered. Shell-filled pits
and trenches exposed at the base of this layer


FLMNH soil scientist Sylvia Scudder takes
samples from deep excavation in Surf Clam
Ridge (photo by John Worth).
..........................................ee.


may also represent architec- -"
tural features. The hearth was .. '
radiocarbon dated to between
A.D. 420 and 580, probably
falling in the latter part of that
range.
The 6th-century shell
midden lies directly on top of an
earlier black sand midden, which
seems to represent an occupa
tional floor dating to roughly
A.D. 450-500. This layer is
devoid of shells, but contains
many larger scattered pottery
sherds. In addition, the rich sand
deposit contains charred plant remains and
traces of bone and shell that are being systemat
ically sampled for analysis by zooarchaeologist
Irv Quitmyer at the Florida Museum of Natural
History and archaeobotanist Lee Newsom at
Penn State University.
One test pit has recently been excavated well
below this black sand midden, revealing that it
lies upon a thick and relatively artifact-free
coarse gray sand deposit that contains many
small articulated marsh clam shells typical of
the estuarine grass flats just offshore and west
of Pineland. Although many postholes both large
and small penetrate this sand from the 5th
century floor above (and these may ultimately
provide firm evidence for early Calusa resident
tial architecture), evidence is rapidly accumulat
ing to confirm the earlier hypothesis by Karen
Walker and her colleagues that this sand


RRC volunteers Dave Hurst and Marty
Kendall excavate upper shell midden
(photo by John Worth).


The base of the ridge comprises a heavily
concreted 3rd or 4th-century shell midden
dominated by surf clams, with a thin black sand
middenjust above it, and a thick, and bone-filled
black sand midden underneath it. A shell from
the top of this midden has been radiocarbon
dated to A.D. 220-360. Below these deposits lies
a mottled gray sand deposit that gradually
grades into an orange-yellow sand, although
there is an ephemeral oyster-midden roughly
20 cm (8 inches) above modern mean sea level
at Pineland. Work is continuing even as we go
to press, and future issues will update our
progress. Visitors are always welcome at the dig
site. Call 239-283-2062 for information.


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RRC Welcomes

New Operations

Manager
by John Worth

W e cVeT p leS ed to welcome John
Paeno, who is our new operations manager. John
takes over from Sydney Cosselman, who is now
focusing her work exclusively in the RRC
laboratory.
John was most recently second in command
of Fort Ontario New York State Historic Site
located on the Oswego River in Central New
York, where he worked for 8 years. He also
worked for the State University of Oswego for 10
years as a tradesman and project supervisor.
John was active in his community as President of
the Fulton Historical Society, and while president
he was able to get the society's house on the
National Register. He was Vice President of the
Oswego County Labor Council and President of
Civil Service Employees Association. John also
did research and restoration on a cemetery site
reported to be part of the Underground Railroad.
He has over twenty five years' experience as a
- .1iIi i.. I II .1 .1. a certificate from a nationally


John Paeno in his office at the RRC
headquarters.

approved carpenter apprentice program. John
also has an Associate Degree in Science and has
had special training in drafting, wood restore
tion, and ,i.I h iI .. -ii While in Oswego, John
was one of the original founders of a local event
called Haborfest. This festival is ranked as one of
the top ten festivals in the nation.
John moved to Bokeelia this past October
after several years of seasonal visits. His wife
Lynne runs Four Points Editing with clients
around the world. John's oldest son Nick will be
attending FGCU in the summer, and his youngest
son Tony attends Cape Coral High.


RRC Operations

Report
by John Paeno, RRC Operations Manager

RRC op6T% -ItOTlS have been keeping
busy this winter. In December, 40 visitors signed
our guest book, and we had 100 participants in
our outreach programs. In January, we had 42
visitors and 233 participants. Volunteers have
been very active, particularly in the ongoing dig
and lab work. We logged 498 volunteer hours in
December and 573 in January.
We currently need volunteers for the following
upcoming projects:
1. Construction of substantial improvements
to the footbridge over the canal.
2. Construction of a board walk as part of the
interpretive trail system at Pineland.
3. Demolition and removal of small old
building on top of Brown's Mound.
4. We will also be working on site clean up
and junk removal, and also invasive and
exotic vegetation control.
Anyone interested in helping with these
projects can call the office (239-283-2062)
for details.


New and Renewing Friends of the RRC as of February 15, 2004

(Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support!)


Supporting Members
($1,000-$4,999)
'11-ii,, .i l. r- InHonorof
Thomas P. Taylor
John & Gretchen Coyle
William H. Marquardt
Paul & Warren Miller
Sponsoring Members
($500-$999)
Robert & Anne Boomer
Honc Marine Contracting Inc.
McLaughlin Tourism
Management
Joyce C. Mutz
Anne Reynolds
Stephen Tutko
Contributing Members
($100-$499)
Lawrence E. & Carol F. Aten
William & Margaret Badgley


William Boden
Joseph P. Brinton III
Jefferson Chapman
Estero Historical Society
Robin & Lin Fox
Tom & Jeane Joseph
Carole A. Kircher
Ronald & Mary M. Koontz
Koucky Studios and
McGowan's Farm
Robin C. Krivanek
Jennie B. McBean
Mr. & Mrs. Desmond H.
O'Connell Jr.
Ed & Linda Oelschlaeger
John & Lynne Paeno
Claudine Payne
John & Glenda Sirmans
Lyle Ulinski
Karen J. Walker
Richard & Patty Jo Watson
Ann & Bill Wollschlager


Family Members
Elizabeth F Abbott
Chris & Paul Andrews
William & Mary Sims
Cyzewski
Shirley S. Hoch
Randy & Dianne King
Art & Lynn Lee
Freda M. & Janet Long
John & Sue Miller
Arthur & Emily Pastor
Tim & Judith Sear
Lillian Sizemore
C. Donald & Beth W. Smith
Stuart L. & Rita A. Stauss
John & Sally Van Schaick
Individual Members
Robert Biggs
Eileen G. Boren
Mary Carlson
U. S. Cleveland


Joanne Cole
Barbara Dobbs
Paul Douglass DVM
Guy P. Ficher
Barbara A. Field
Ann S. Hunnicutt
Marjorie K. Johnson
Douglas Kilpatrick
Nancy Marcotte
Edith Marquardt
Jeffrey M. Mitchem
Helmut A. Nickel
Bette Northrop
Orchids & Egrets, Inc.
Donna L. Ruhl
Graig D. Shaak
Michael Simonik
Judith A. Williams
Edward T Winn
Student Members
John Dietler
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Annual Honor Roll


Each ye{ ljC the Randell Research Center recognizes all those
who have given $100 or more to the Randell Research Center during the
previous calendar year by listing them in the Annual Honor Roll.


The present list covers 2003. With this Honor Roll we at the RRC wish to
extend our heartfelt appreciation for the continued financial support that
these and all our gifts represent.


Benefactors
($20,000 $99,999)
Maple Hill Foundation
Dwight & Susan Sipprelle
Sustaining Members
($5,000 -$19,999)
Penniman Family Foundation
James W. MacFarland
Thomas Pickett Taylor I. '1 II
Supporting Members
($1,000- $4,999)

in honor of Thomas Taylor
John & Gretchen Coyle
William H. Marquardt
Paul & Warren Miller
Mote Scientific Foundation
Dr. David A. Noble
Anne Reynolds
Sponsoring Members
($500- $999)
Peter A. & Sally S. Bergsten
Robert & Anne Boomer
Lammot duPont
McLaughlin Tourism
Management
Joan M. McMahan
Mr. & Mrs. Desmond H.
O'Connell, Jr.
Southwest Florida Council
for Environmental Education
Stephen Tutko
Victoria & William Winterer


Contributing Members
($100- $499)
Anne M. Allan
Lawrence E. & Carol F. Aten
Carter Bacon
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Badgley
Arnold & Virginia Bertelsen
Joseph P. Brinton III
William Boden
Robin & Jan Brown
Stuart & Stacey Brown
Brenda C. Burch
John Cauthen
Ann & George Campbell
Captiva Cruises
Jefferson Chapman
U.S. Cleveland
Ann Cordell
Bill and Mary Sims Cyzewski
Don Cyzweski
Edison Garden Club
George & Lee Edwards
Robin & Lin Fox


Gaia Guides
Peter & Carol Girardin
Greater Pine Island Chamber
of Commerce
Greater Pine Island Civic
Association
Alan & Jennifer Gruber
Rusty & Carolyn Hager
William & Edna Hager
Gene & Evelyn Hemp
Dr. Charles A. Hoffman
Catherine A. House
Ben & Sue Johnson
Thomas Joseph
Carole A. Kircher
Robert & Jacklyn Kish
Ronald & Mary M. Koontz
Koucky Studios
and McGowan's Farm
Robin C. Krivanek
Janet Levy
Ben MacKinnon
Darcie MacMahon


Editors:
John Worth
William Marquardt
Writers:
John Worth
John Paeno
Production:
GBS Productions


Richard Merritt
Dr. Jerald T. Milanich
& Dr. Maxine L. Margolis
Barbara W. Mulle
J. William & Carol Newbold
Drs. Howard L. & Karen K.
Noonan
Claudine Payne
Vernon Peeples
David & Darbee Percival
Philips Electronics
Karl F & Kathryn K. Schroeder
Herbert & Betty Seidel
John & Glenda Sirmans
Barbara & Bob Sumwalt
Lyle Ulinski
Caitlin Joy Walker
Karen J. Walker
Richard & Patty Jo Watson
Ann L. Winterbotham
Ann & Bill Wollschlager
Dick Workman
Mary S. Wright


Send questions or comments to:
John Worth
Randell Research Center
PO Box 608 FLORIDA
Pineland FL 33945-0608 MUSEUM
OF NATURAL HISTORY
Telephone (239) 283-2062
Fax (239) 283-2080
Email: randellcenter@comcast.net UNIVERSITYOF
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De'xr Friend,

You are cordially 'i, ii i 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 ii i I. ., i li-. adi,. notice of programs, and special recognition. Your continuing support is vital to our
mission. It means more research, more 1. ii .1 i, i and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center.
Thank you.
S illi I .



S .1lii E \\, th, Ph.D.
ii. I 1 i i of Research Programs and Services
R. i II Research Center

Please check the membership lei el 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
" Family ($50): Newsletter + advance notice and 10%
discount on children's programs
" Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC
publications a I. I ... i. I .ll.-'
" Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual
Director's tour and reception

Permanent Address

Name

Address


City / State / Zipcode


Q Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on
annual donor plaque at Pineland site
0 Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999), Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons (S 100,000
and above) receive all of the above + complimentary
RRC lp ',l.i. i.' -ii. and special 'ii li _- Irom the
Dir tnor
1 Please use my gift to I .11 .i. matching funds from the
I 1 i .!, .i Fiid.. l i i.. ii for the Humanities.

Seasonal Address (so we can send you your newsletter while you are away)

Name

Address


City / State / Zipcode


Use my seasonal address from


(date)


(date)


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