Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Place of Publication: Pineland, Fla.
Publication Date: September 2003
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Friends of the Vol.No.3

ear Cet September 2003

Randel Research Center

Construction Begins on Teaching Pavilion

Design Work Begins on Interpreted Pathway

by Bill Marquardt

in our June Friends
Newsletter, we broke ground for the RRC's new
teaching pavilion and visitor welcome center
in April, 2003. Now that the sale of the Randell
gift property has been completed (see page 4),
construction has begun in earnest. Here is
what you can expect to see when the building
is finished.
A parking area off Waterfront Drive will
provide access to an inclined walkway leading to
an activity deck, handicap-accessible public
restrooms, bookshop, and classroom. The
spacious deck will be used for outdoor teaching
activities, craft demonstrations, and exhibits.
Two 60-square-foot storage rooms, one for
teaching materials used daily by docents, the
other for equipment, will be located behind a
12-x 16-foot welcome I I .... l i-.1. For
lectures and programs, a 20-x 32-foot class
room will seat 50 people comfortably in an
attractive open-air classroom,with exposed
beams and ceiling fans. Adjustable louvers will
provide flexible 11 i 1. II II .1 i 1i1 control.
Built in projection equipment will enable us to
show slides, computer-assisted presentations,
and videos.

Artist's rendering of RRC teaching pavilion and visitor center.
(Architecture by Parker-Mudgett-Smith, Fort Myers)
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The pavilion will also serve as the starting
point for an interpreted walking trail complete
with bridges and benches. The trail, funded by a
grant from the Florida Division of Historical
Resources, will feature museum-qualityfull
color signs placed at strategic locations about
thesite that will i i' 1' I i ,i 1 li 1 .,
history, and environment of Pineland and
southwest Florida. It will be completed by June,
2004. We have hired Synergy Design Group to
design the signs, and they are already at work.

Help Us Complete
the Pavilion
Costs to build and equip the pavilion come to
$577,000. So far, we have $408,000, so we need
only $169,000 more. Gifts in any amount are
welcome, and are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by federal law. Special donor recognition
opportunities are offered for gifts ranging from
$2,500 to $100,000. For more information,
contactJohn Worth at (239) 283-2062.

RRC Researchers Receive

National Science Foundation

by Karen Walker

S National Science Foundation's Paleoclimate
Program has awarded RRC researchers $364,528
to develop and test a new method for reconstructing
Southwest Florida's past climate using shells of
the southern quahog clam, Mercenaria campechiensis.
This species is the native quahog clam of Pine
Island Sound. Co-directed by geochemist Donna
Surge (Iowa State University) and RRC's environ
mental archaeologist Karen Walker, the 3-year

project will focus on climate changes over the I I. i I
past 2,000 years. Thanks to the local Calusa
Indians who discarded many clam shells over
the centuries, archaeological sites in coastal RRC researchers, volunteers and FFWCC biologists
southwest Florida (such as Pineland and Useppa) were invited by Don and Dorothy Gulnac to muck
provide an ample supply of shells that contain around at Demere Key in search of native,
chemical signatures of past water data which southern quahog clams. The venture was a great
success. (Photo by Karen Walker)
may translate into paleoclimate information. success. (Photo by Karen Walker)
continued on page 2


Behind the Scenes in

Gainesville: RRC Research

& Collections Committee

Curating Pineland's
artifact collections:
Collections manager
Scott Mitchell begins to
curate pottery and
artifacts of shell, bone,
and stone from the
excavations at the
construction site of the
Teaching Pavilion and
parking lot. Scott is
assisted by University of
Florida student interns
in his Pineland work.
(Photo by Karen Walker)

Caring for Pineland's archaeobotanical collections: Collections
manager Donna Ruhl curates ancient seeds and artifacts of wood
and fiber excavated from wet deposits. Shown here, she holds a
specimen of chipped wood that was discarded by a craftsperson
during the first century A.D. It is stored in water. Such collections
require special care to ensure that they do not dry out and deterio
rate. Donna is assisted by University of Florida student interns in
her Pineland work. (Photo by Karen Walker)
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Pottery specialist Ann Cordell regularly uses a
microscope in her studies of Pineland's Native
American pottery collections to help her
determine what materials the pottery was made
from. She recently analyzed a small sample of
pottery sherds from John Worth's excavation at
Pineland's Surf Clam Ridge to help determine the
age of the deposits there. Ann also researched
microscopes for the RRC, choosing one for
multiple uses (pottery, seeds, animal bones).
Thanks to this effort by Ann and to friends Paul
and Warren Miller (Maple Hill Foundation) for
the funds, the RRC now has its own microscope
at Pineland. (Photo by Karen Walker)

RRC Researchers Receive National Science Foundation Funding continued from page 1

The first phase of the project will calibrate the environment relationships from other sources
ratio of Strontium to Calcium as a proxy for water such as artifacts, animal bones, and shells.
temperature and the ratio of the oxygen isotopes The modern clams needed for the calibration
0- 18 to 0-16 as a proxy for salinity, using modem work must be M. campechiensis, the same species
shells taken from quahog clams presently living collected by the Calusa. With today's farming of
at Demere Key. Later, the testing phase of the the nearly identical, but non-local, northern
project will calculate these same ratios in ancient quahog, Mercenaria mercenaria, in Pine Island
clam shells from Pineland to see if the results Sound, avoiding this species is a concern for the
correlate with what is already known about Calusa project. In part as a way to address this potential

problem, a spin-off study is already in the works
I I I I I I biologist Bill Arnold of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
Marine Research Institute. He will determine to
what degree the Demere southern quahog
population is being "infiltrated" by the northern
species. Results of this study should appear in
the new year while results of the paleoclimate
study are farther down the road.




Staff Spotlight:
RRC's Operations
Manager, Sydney
by Karen Walker

Sydney Cosselman of Bokeeliajoined the RRC
staff last January as operations manager and
works closely with John Worth. Shown here in
her Pineland office, she keeps things running
smoothly, whether it is paying bills or inter
acting with visitors. More recently, she also
has taken on the responsibility of supervising
laboratory activities. She brings lots of archae
logical and museum experience to her RRC
position, including office, laboratory, and
collections management. She is the newest
member of the RRC's Research and
Collections Committee. (Photo by Karen Walker)

Net-making at
the RRC
by Karen Walker

At the invitation of RRC docent Diane Maher,
Steve Phanco of Island Cast Nets took time to
give net-making lessons at a recent Tuesday
meeting of RRC volunteers. Shown here, Steve
teaches volunteer Nicole Ferris how to use a
net-mesh gauge and a needle to begin a net while
docent Lana Swearingen studies the technique.
The lessons had everyone contemplating how
the Calusa must have made their fishing nets:
what materials did they use? what did their
needles and gauges look like? how much time
was required? (Photo by Karen Walker)

RRC Lab Ready for Fall Dig
by Karen Walker


Staff and volunteers transformed RRC's garage into a functioning laboratory ready to
receive and process artifacts and environmental archaeology samples from John Worth's
upcoming fall dig. Multi-tray steel carts, perfect for many laboratory uses and shown in the
far right of the photo, were donated by Steve Walker. In the foreground, volunteers Mary
Hersh, Gary Edwards, Joan MacMahan, and Sally Cornell participate in an impromptu shell
identification workshop. (Photo by Karen Walker)

Red Dog, 1

Blue Dawg

Void left by red Ford truck is

filed by donated blue Clhe\y

by Bill Marquardt

I first began to work
in southwest Florida in the
1980s, I had no budget and no t
vehicle to use. Tom Eubanks, J
then a graduate student in the -
Anthropology department, told
me about a 1977 truck once used
by UF archaeologist Charles
Fairbanks, but abandoned since his retirement.
Sure enough, the old truck was still parked at UF
motor pool, with rotted tires, some dents, and a
few parts missing. Amazingly, it had only 47,200
miles on it. Using money from donations, I
bought 4 new tires, a new battery, and the
missing parts, and the guys at motor pool got the
truck running. I was told that people called the
vehicle the "Red Dog." It had a dull red color, and
it was easy to imagine it as a shaggy, friendly
mutt, tongue hanging out, always ready for an
In 2000, seventy thousand miles later, having
carried me, my colleagues, my students, and our
equipment into and back from the field countless
times with no complaints, the old Red Dog could
run no more, leaving us "truckless" for the first

right, Fred lyers, George

2003 (Photo by Karen Walker)

time since 1986. We had become acutely aware
of our need for a truck for site maintenance work
and pulling our boat trailers, but couldn't swing
the cash for a new vehicle. But in June of this
year, Leonard Walker of Watkinsville, Georgia,
generously donated his vintage 1983 Chevy 4
wheel-drive pick-up truck to the RRC. In great
condition, it needed only tires and a side mirror
to become roadworthy. In deference to our
friends in Georgia who like to talk about their
Georgia "Dawgs," we'll call the new RRC vehicle
the "Blue Dawg." Thank you, Len, for this
wonderful gift.
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Land Sale Boosts RRC Endowment Fund

Randell gift property sold to the State's Florida Forever Program

by Bill Marquardt

2003, about 50 acres of
Pineland land donated by Donald and Patricia
Randell was sold to the State of Florida through
the "Florida Forever" program. The Florida
Museum of Natural History will continue to
manage the land and operate the Randell
Research Center there. The land sale added a little
over $600,000 to our endowment fund. Thanks to
sale of the Randell gift land, less than $330,000
remains to be raised.
In 1994 1996, the Randells gave the land to the
University of Florida Foundation with the under
standing that a permanent research and education
center would be established. In order to help pay
for the center's operations, they envisioned that
the land would be sold to the State through what
was then known as the CARL (Conservation and
Recreational Lands) program. Neither Don nor Pat
lived to see their dream become reality, but the
Randell Research Center will always be their legacy.

William Marquardt
and Karen Walker
William Marquardt
Karen Walker
Merald Clark
GBS Productions

In 2002, the National Endowment for the
Humanities approved up to $200,000 in federal
matching funds, payable 1:4 during the five-year
period 2002-2006. In other words, NEH will match
$1 for every $4 we raise towards the RRC endow
ment. We invite you to help us reach our endow
ment goal by 2006. Gifts are tax-deductible to the
extent allowed by federal law. To contribute to
the RRC Endowment, make your check payable
to Randell Research Center. Indicate on the check
that the gift is intended for the endowment fund,
and note that you want your gift to be matched
by NEH. Or visit our endowment web page at
www.lmnih.ufl.edu/anthto/sflaich/nc endowment.htm,
print and sign the "rrc-neh-match.pdf' donor form,
and mail it with your check. Mail your gift to: Dr.
John Worth, Randell Research Center, PO Box 608,
Pineland, Florida 33945. Working together, we
can fulfill the Randell family's vision for a perma
nent learning and teaching center at Pineland.

Send questions or comments to:
John Worth
Randell Research Center
PO Box 608
Pineland FL 33945-0608
Telephone (239) 283-2062
Fax (239) 283-2080
Email: johneworth@comcast.net



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

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

Contributing Members ($100-$499)
Brenda C. Burch Robin C. Krivanek
Family Members
Kim and Jeffrey Gibbons
Robert L. Thompson
Randolph and Lisa Maria Tully

Individual Members
Ernest M. Dumas
Charles Edgar Foster
Laverne B. Garrett
Charles F. Holmes

Charles H. Hostetler
W. Shain Schley
Donna M. Surge
Philip W Trembley

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Randell Research Center

Pineland, Florida September, 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:
Randell Research Center / PO Box 608 / Pineland FL 33945.
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