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By Jerald T. Milanich

 This list of precolumbian Florida brings to lifestyles the 12,000-year tale of the local American Indians who lived within the state.  utilizing details accumulated by way of archaeological investigations, many conducted considering 1980, Jerald Milanich describes the indigenous cultures and explains why they constructed as they did.  In a richly illustrated booklet that would entice profes-sional and avocational archaeologists, students, travelers, and native historical past buffs, Milanich introduces the cloth history of the 1st Floridians in the course of the interpretation of artifacts and archaeological sites.  Weaving jointly discoveries from such websites because the Lake Jackson mounds within the panhandle, Crystal River at the Gulf coast, and Granada at the Miami River, he relates the lengthy histories of the local teams whose descendants have been decimated in the course of the eu conquest of the 16th and 17th cen-turies.   

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He was also an astute observer, noting differences in types of mounds as well as the artifacts in the mounds he excavated. Moore was also careful to contribute many of the objects he unearthedespecially ceramic vesselsto museums, where they can be restudied today. It is easy to lament Moore's destruction of so many sitesperhaps hundredsbut had he not excavated them, some other persons might Page 6 have, resulting in the loss of all of the information. Moore also was prompt in publishing reports on his excavations, including an abundance of illustrations.

This book is written for anyonescholar, student, resident, or visitorinterested in the history of those native peoples. There is a story behind the development of this book. Just as the native peoples living here at the time the Europeans invaded could trace their ancestry back to earlier societies and populations, so can this volume trace its genesis back to an earlier book, Florida Archae- Page xvii ology, first published in 1980. That volume had its beginning in September 1972 when Charles Fairbanks and I signed a contract to write it.

It is my sincere hope that this volume has done justice to their contributions. Page 1 1 A Brief History of Archaeology in Florida The growth of archaeological research in Florida since the 1960s has been phenomenal. Today the Florida Archaeological Council, an organization of professional archaeologists who work in the state, numbers more than seventy individuals. In 1980 the organization did not exist. Significantly, most archaeologists are not employed in universities or museums; the majority work for government agencies, like the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research or the National Park Service, or they are employed by private companies.

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