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Jefferson County’s Rivers: Florida’s Frontier We drove to Mandalay at dawn, sliding an open boat into the Aucilla.
Charlie Ward handled the tiller with Jack Carswell beside him. I rode amidships
to take pictures.             Charlie picked out his route alo...

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Words Some of this blog post is a repeat from a 2015 Blog post, but it is important - too important to read quickly or only partially  assimilate. If you read it before -- please read it again.    Find the right word—Find EXACTLY the
right word: Your job as...

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Anne Canoeing the Middle Aucilla River This trip was recorded in video for a segment of the Dimensions program on WFSU. Rob and his helper -- I think his name was Jason -- did a great job of putting hours of filming and interviews of three people together t...

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The Treasures of Jefferson County Florida
SECRET TREASURES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY FLORIDA Monticello is our county seat. Eight miles away, give or take a
few steps, you find Lloyd, Wacissa, Waukeenah, Lamont, Aucilla and a couple of
villages that are only a place name today, such as Ashville and Fanle...

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First Floridians Conference 2015
October 1, 2, 3, 2015
Monticello Opera House
www.firstfloridiansconference.com


The Page-Ladson site in Jefferson County Florida is one of ten oldest 
Archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere

Located on the southern edge of Florida’s Red Hills in the Aucilla River, the Page-Ladson paleoIndian
site has attracted intensive exploration by scientists since the 1960s. In the January 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine an article includes Page-Ladson as one of only ten pre-Clovis sites for studying early human migration and settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Recognition of the possibilities of this site was slow in coming. S. David Webb and James Dunbar were early investigators. Michael Waters of the Center for the First Americans at TAMU and others have continued studying into 2014. Several remarkable finds in the 1980s and 1990s kept scholarly interest high. An artifact found in 2014 proved to be 14,400 years old. 

In 2012 a gathering of scientists and scholars met to discuss the meaning and possibilities of Page-Ladson and similar nearby sites in the First Floridians First Americans Conference in Monticello, Florida. Pre-Clovis artifacts were displayed and studied, increasing lay and scholarly interest in the PaleoIndian sites in the Aucilla River and the Red Hills Region. 

Inspired by the First Floridians First Americans of 2012, several speakers and community leaders formed a committee to create a local institute to support scholarly study of the Aucilla Basin. Monticello’s new Aucilla Research Institute (ARI) provides logistical and research support for visiting scientists. ARI founders expect the Institute’s work to gradually spark an economic resurgence of the area.

ARI is a participant in planning the Second First Floridians First Americans Conference to be held in Monticello on October 1, 2, 3, 2015. Because of the stature of the Page-Ladson site, speakers include some of the foremost Paleolithic scholars in the Western Hemisphere.
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by Anne Haw Holt
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Anne H. Holt, 
Phone: 850-576-0721ahholt@ahholt.com
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SPECIAL WORDS --- and More Special Words --  You can often remove “the” from
sentences without losing meaning. This goes back to naming things—using names
to create images: Do
a computer search for “the”—when you find “the tree,” “the store,” “the last
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A Different sort of Beautiful David Ward gave me a priceless canoe trip on the upper Aucilla River last week. The cypress trees are not out yet - the river was out of its banks - We saw ducks and other water birds -- what a wonderful friend. We put the cano...

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CLEAN UP YOUR MANUSCRIPT Run a search for connecting words such as and, but, or and because: When you find one of these words, stop and re-read the sentence carefully, considering the possibility of changing the two connected clauses into separate sentences...

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BIRDS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY by Anne H Holt Monticello, FL Wood Storks on the Aucilla On boat trip down the Aucilla to Apalachee Bay and up the Pinhook River I saw a gathering of Wood Storks. There were at least nine birds, resting on the limbs of a dead tree....
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