15 Photos - Jul 5, 2012
Photo: Dense broken shell matrix from Seminole Rest.Photo: Much of Seminole Rest has been cleared.  This is a striking contrast to some of the other more 'natural' prehistoric sites in the area (like Castle Windy and Turtle Mound).Photo: Panoramic view from Seminole Rest (looking east)Photo: Seminole Rest has a lot of open ground which will make Geoprobing pretty simple.Photo: Walkway above Turtle Mound.  It is one of the largest shell middens on the Atlantic coast.  Over 400 box car loads of shell were removed early in the 20th century.  It was so large reports are that it was used as a navigation aid because it could be seen from so far away.Photo: Dense vegetation at Turtle Mound will make Geoprobe work here problematic.Photo: Walkway takes the visitor across and around Turtle Mound and provides an excellent view of the area.Photo: Dense shell, particularly oyster, attest to millions of large oysters harvested in the area.  Turtle Mound occupation spans thousands of years.Photo: Panoramic view from top of 'viewing platform' at Turtle Mound. A spectacular view to say the least.Photo: Many of these oysters are really, really large and would be almost impossible to find today.Photo: Waves and storm surges erode coastal sites.  Stabilization efforts can make a huge difference.Photo: These prehistoric oysters were really monsters compared to the modern harvest.  There is very little dirt accumulation in some of these shell layers.Photo: In this area, on this day, the mosquitos were not too bad but they definitely got your attention. Farr donning a bug jacket.  T. Parsons is ready to pull it up.Photo: Castle WIndy is right on the water and people fish in the area.  Dense vegetation will make Geoprobe investigations challenging.  Faunal material is abundant at some of these sites and extinct 'Great Auk' skeletal material was found in this site.  A most peculiar visitor telling us something about biogeography and climate change.Photo: Cat tails indicate water.  Moist deposits can provide opportunities for preservation of thousands of years of pollen essential in reconstructing the environment.  Peat deposits like those at Windover can provide  excellent windows to the past.   You have to first get the samples and the Geoprobe is an effective tool in this respect.