Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Publisher: Randell Research Center, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Pineland, Fla.
Publication Date: December 2007
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Friends of the

Vol A Nn 4

/Randell Research Center

December 2007

NEH Funds Curation of Pineland Collection

by Bill Marquardt

The National Endowment forth
Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant to Bill Marquardt
and Karen Walker to preserve and organize the world's
largest systematic collection of Calusa Indian artifacts and
environmental specimens. Materials excavated from the
Pineland Site Complex between 1988 and 1995 comprise
more than 140,000 specimens recovered by hundreds of
volunteers and students under Bill and Karen's supervision,
along with Donna Ruhl's.
Now the home of the Calusa Heritage Trail, the Pineland
site has been inhabited for 2,000 years. By the time the
Spaniards arrived in the early 1500s, the Calusa Indian
people controlled all of South Florida from their homeland
on the southwest Florida coast. Pineland -then known as
Tampa -was the second largest of all the Calusa towns.
The Pineland Calusa collection is made up of artifacts,
environmental specimens, and associated archaeological
records. Artifacts include Native American pottery sherds;
tools and decorative objects made of shell, bone, shark teeth,
and stone; Spanish-derived glass, metal, and ceramic objects;: I ii .. 1
wood, seeds, and other organic materials. Oxygen-free I1, '... ., 1 areas
of the Pineland site preserved the only known prehistoric papaya seeds ever found
in North America, as well as the only prehistoric chile pepper seeds known for the
eastern United States. The seeds are un-charred, and are about 1900 years old.
The $284,504 NEH grant will fund the curation of materials that resulted
from five major field seasons at Pineland (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, and
1995) as well as 18 linear feet of associated records. Museum staff will
rehabilitate the collection by rehousing artifacts, specimens, and samples
using an archival bagging and boxing method that will maintain physical
order by catalog number and provenience.

In the archaeology lab in the Florida Museum of Natural History,
Ryan Van Dyke and Melissa Ayvaz prepare Pineland artifacts for
long-term curation. The project is being funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities. (Photo by W. Marquardt.)

The Pineland collection is the largest systematic collection from a major
Calusa town site. Pineland's long period of occupation and the collection's
broad range of extensively documented materials mean that even its
smallest elements are in great demand by researchers. Much of the
collection is still unanalyzed. Many possible theses and dissertations are
waiting to be discovered in this collection. Its rehabilitation will greatly
enhance both its research and educational value.

What is "Curation"?

The word curation comes from the Latin word curare, meaning "to care
for." In the museum context, it means taking care of museum collections so
that they will .. ,I i ii .1. for study by scholars and students and for museum
exhibitions when needed. Museums keep collections of artifacts and other
materials .I i. .i- shells, plant remains, sediment samples, etc.) in dust
and acid-free containers, so they will be protected from deterioration, and
house them in secure, climate-controlled conditions. We also keep the
documents that relate to the collections, such as field notes, maps,

photographs, and other data. These paper records are invaluable aids when
one analyzes, or re-analyzes the collections. Finally, like libraries, we maintain
a catalogue -a systematic listing of what is in the collections and where the
materials are located. The Florida Museum of Natural History, of which the
Randell Research Center is a part, is the largest collections-based museum in
the southeastern U.S., and it is Florida's official natural history museum. The
new NEH grant will help us curate the Pineland artifacts and records to the
highest standards, greatly enhancing their long-term usefulness.

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Citrus Ridge Replanted

On December 29, 2007, Karen
Walker, Bill Marquardt, Mark
Chargois, and several friends and
neighbors planted 40 citrus trees
at the Pineland site, replacing
trees lost to citrus canker in the
fall of 2004 (see Friends of the RRC
Newslettervol. 3, no. 4, p. 2).
Although citrus trees are not
original to Florida, they have been
an important part of Florida's
and Pineland's -recent history
and economy. Our new trees were
planted where the grand old trees
had been, and we hope that one day
they will be producing citrus once
again, helping to educate visitors
about the agricultural history of
Pine Island. The citrus trees were
bought with funds contributed by
the Friends of the RRC. Thank you
all for making this possible.
The citrus-planting party.
Left to right, standing:
Pat Nanney, Bill Marquardt,
Judy D'Agostino, Bunny
Hutchinson, Mark Chargois;
seated: Rona Stage, grapefruit
tree, Margi Nanney, Karen
Walker. (Photo by M. Nanney.)

Judy ) Agostino digs a hole for a grapefruit tree,
while Bunny Hutchinson sifts the dirt to be sure
no archaeological materials are being disturbed.
(Photo by W. Marquardt.)

FPAN Relocates

by Bill Marquardt

After being hosted by the Randell
Research Center for its inaugural two years, the
Southwest Regional Center of the Florida Public
Archaeology Network will relocate to another
location, to be announced in February. We were
glad to host the Center, but delays in renovating
our headquarters house forced us to give up our
partnership with FPAN.
Institutions that host an FPAN center must
provide adequate office space and a conference
room, and we could no longer guarantee to fulfill
that responsibility until our headquarters house is
rehabilitated. We must raise $108,000 more to finish
the building repairs and renovations (see Friends
of the RRC Newsletter vol. 6, no. 3).
We will work with the new FPAN center, making
the Calusa Heritage Trail and classroom facilities
available to its public-archaeology programs. Of
course, we will continue our own public program
ming, as always, including hosting regular school
field trips, conducting volunteer-assisted lab work,
and offering guided tours. We wish the new FPAN
regional center every success, and look forward to
working with its new staff.

New and Renewing Friends of the RRC
from September 23 through December 31, 2007
(* indicates donation of services; please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support.)
Members Contributing Members Herb & Betty Seidel Warm Mineral Springs/Little
$19,999) ($100 $499) Beverly & Jon Sensbach Salt Spring Archaeological
retchen Coyle Anne M. Allan Jerry Stonham Society

Paul & Warren Miller
Supporting Members
($1,000- $4,999)
Virginia Amsler
Peter & Sally Bergsten
Sponsoring Members
($500 $999)
Edith Marquardt
Joyce C. Mutz
Ilene Safron*
Victoria & William Winterer

Marion Almy
Cindy Bear
Robert & Anne Boomer
Jeff Chapman
Mary Flippin
Robin & Lin Fox
Carole Kircher
Ronald & Mary M. Koontz
Janet Levy
Joan & Joe Merkwaz
Andrews & Ann Oakey
David & Darbee Percival
Anne Reynolds

Dan & Kay Van Riper
Patty Jo Watson
Ann & Bill Wollschlager
Richard Workman
Family Members
Maxine & Harvey Ingelse
Freda & Janet Long
Arlene & Jacob Miller
John & Sue Miller
Howard & Karen Noonan
Abraham & Cynthia Ofer
Randal Walker

Individual Members
Susan Beer Browne
Jenna Wallace Coplin
Lynn Foster
Kim E. Gibbons
Frances Hermann
Dave Hurst
Elise LeCompte
Michael E. Marsano
Kathy Vande Ree
Catherine Williams


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Calusa Heritage Day Planned for

February 23, 2008

by Bill Marquardt

The past will come to life from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. February
23 at the Calusa Heritage Trail in Pineland, as the Florida Museum of
Natural History's Randell Research Center offers its third annual Calusa
Heritage Day.
This festival at the teaching pavilion and short loop of the Calusa
Heritage Trail includes exhibits on archaeology, history and ecology, as well
as demonstrations of ancient Calusa Indian technology and guided tours of
the archaeological site. The event is free, but donations support upkeep of
the site and trail.
Festival highlights include a hands-on pottery workshop by Robin
Brown, renowned author of Florida's First People. Those participants making
pots will be encouraged to return the following Saturday (March 1) to see
the pots fired by the same technique used by the Calusa. Stacey Brown and
John Beriault will assist participants.
Other demonstrations and activities on February 23 will be led by Terry
Powell (shell, bone and wood tools), John Paeno (musical instruments),

If You Go

Michael Wylde (flint knapping), Dick Workman i I 11 i, and fibers) and
Dick Hunter (spear throwing). Elizabeth Neily will portray a 16th-century
Spanish market woman.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch and stay
for the day.
Other artists and illustrators will share how they have worked to bring
the Calusa to life, including Merald Clark, David Meo, Hermann Trappman
and Sue Ellen Hunter. At 2 p.m. in the classroom, Florida Museum
Archaeology Curator Bill Marquardt will present "Calusa Archaeology Since
Cushing." Florida Museum archaeologists Karen Walker, Irv Quitmyer,
Donna Ruhl, Melissa Ayvaz and Ryan Van Dyke also will .. i i i .1- to
discuss the latest Pineland research and artifact collections. Other
participants include Pineland area museums, conservation organizations
and eco-tour operators.

Follow Pine Island Road (State Road 78) to Pine
Island. At the four-way stop, turn right and
proceed north on Stringfellow (SR 767) about
3 miles and look for a sign pointing to Pineland
on the left. Follow Pineland Road through
several curves until it meets Waterfront Drive.
The event is at 13810 Waterfront Drive, across
the street from the Tarpon Lodge.

William Marquardt
William Marquardt
GBS Productions

Send questions or comments to:
Randell Research Center
PO Box 608
Pineland FL 33945-0608
Telephone (239) 283-2062
Fax (239) 283-2080
Email: randellcenter@comcast.net
Website: www.flmnh.ufl.edu/RRC/

PO Box 608
-11 PINELAND, FL 33945-0608


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Friends of the

Randell Research Center

Pineland, Florida December, 2007
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: randellcenter@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. All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter and free admission to the Calusa Heritage Trail at
Pineland. 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 educa-
tion, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center. Thank you.

William H. Marquardt
Randell Research Center

Please check the membership level you prefer, and send this form with credit card information
or check payable to Randell Research Center, to:
Membership Coordinator Randell Research Center PO Box 608 Pineland, Florida 33945

" Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter
and free admission to Calusa Heritage Trail
" Family ($50): The above + advance notice and 10%
discount on children's programs
1 Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC
publications and merchandise
1 Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual
Director's tour and reception

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($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($100,000
and above) receive all of the above + complimentary
RRC publications and special briefings from the
" Please use my gift to obtain matching funds from the
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Books, Videos and RRC

The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida People and Their Environments
by Darcie A. MacMahon and William H. Marquardt, U. Press of Florida, hardcover $39.95
Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida
by Laura Kozuch; Monograph 2, softcover $5.00
The Archaeology of Useppa Island
edited by William H. Marquardt; Monograph 3, hardcover $35.00, softcover $20.00
New Words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of Ancient Peoples
in Southwest Florida Through Archaeology
by Charles Blanchard, illustrated by Merald Clark; hardcover $19.95, softcover $9.95
Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
by Robert F. Edic; hardcover $35.00
Florida's First People
by Robin Brown, Pineapple Press, hardcover, $29.95
Missions to the Calusa
by John H. Hann, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
Florida's Indians
by Jerald T Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $19.95
Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
by Jerald T Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $27.95
The Lost Florida Manuscripts of Frank Hamilton Cushing
edited by Phyllis E. Kolianos and Brent R. Weisman, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $59.95
Indian Art of Ancient Florida
by Barbara Purdy, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
The Domain of the Calusa: Archaeology and Adventure in the Discovery of South Florida's Past
DVD video, $12.95
Expedition Florida: Three-program Set
(From Exploration to Exhibition; The Wild Heart of Florida; Wild Alachua)
DVD video, $24.95
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