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Digging into Weedon: A History of Human Habitats
A History of Human Habitats: New Records of Environmental Change at Weedon Island Preserve

In this webinar, we’ll talk with Kendall Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida, on recent geoarchaeological and paleoenvironmental research to help us understand the 20-thousand-year history of human-environment interaction and landscape transformation at Weedon Island Preserve. Kendall’s research focuses on several key periods of ecological change that reorganized the nature and distribution of terrestrial and tidal habitats. Many such reorganizations unfolded in the ancient past, affecting the ancestral Indigenous communities that managed the land prior to colonial-era dispossession. However, dramatic ecological shifts have also taken place much more recently, revealing that the modern Weedon Island seascape is anything but timeless.

This talk is recommended for adults.

This program is part of a monthly series entitled "Digging into Weedon" where the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center teams up with Florida Public Archaeology Network West Central chapter to explore the rich history of Weedon Island!

Jan 29, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rachel Kangas
Public Archaeology Coordinator @Florida Public Archaeology Network (West Central Region)
Rachael Kangas is the Public Archaeology Coordinator for the West Central Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and she conducts public archaeology and outreach in the region. She earned her M.A. from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015 and is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). She has participated in fieldwork in the Americas and conducted lab work and teaching during her time at UCF. She is also an American Academy for Underwater Sciences (AAUS) diver, allowing her to assist with underwater research around the state. Her specialties include Florida archaeology, public archaeology, and archaeological illustration.
Kendall Jackson
Ph.D. candidate @University of South Florida
Kendal Jackson is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on historical environments and how past peoples have shaped the trajectory of long-term ecological processes. His dissertation research is focused on understanding the roles that ancestral Native American societies played in the establishment and transformation of nearshore estuarine ecosystems across the late-Holocene.