This pot found buried at the mound at Fort Walton Beach indicates an advanced culture that was here in Florida and along the upper Gulf coast.
One thing that annoys me to no end is various claims that the native people in Florida are from elsewhere than what they say of themselves. These ridiculous claims persist, even though it goes against history, archaeology, and anthropology. These are the claims that people in Florida are from the lost tribes of Israel, Moors or even from Atlantis. This infuriates me, because archaeological remains in Florida go back even ten thousand years earlier than the Hebrews or the Moors. And saying they are from Atlantis is just plain silly. They also pre-date the Mayans.
What we do know, is that they were strongly connected to the mound builders in the southeast. But evidence points to a much earlier time.
We know that there were ancient people in Florida more than 10,000 years ago. The spectacular remains dated from 8,000 years ago found at Windover Farms in Brevard County revealed ancient brain matter, the oldest example of pottery found in North America, and the oldest surviving example of a complicated weaving for a garment. These were not simple people, even back then.
Ancient mammoth kill sites found in Florida have been long known. The recent study of mammoth killed remains found in Wakulla Springs has pushed the date of humans further back in time. The recent issue of the Florida Anthropologist says that these remains are among three sites in Leon and Jefferson County that are pre-Clovis.
Named the Clovis culture for the type of spear points found in New Mexico and spread all across the continent, Clovis man was once believed to have come across the Bering Strait land bridge and populated the western hemisphere about 11,500 years ago. But over the last 30 years, anthropologists have started to doubt that Clovis man was here first.
This is significant, because as long as we have been able to go back in time in Florida, there has always been evidence of humans. The Aucilla River project in the 1990s found evidence of man in Florida that goes back 15,000 years.
Several years ago I was visiting Mary Francis Johns on Brighton Reservation. It was a great loss when she passed away in 2004, and I visit her grave often. Mary was born at Royal Palm Hammock village along the Tamiami Trail, and a member of the Miccosukee Tribe. She married Archie Johns and became a member of the Seminole Tribe. I was always totally astounded by her story telling. She would mention something off-the-cuff that would answer another question that I had not even asked yet. Mary said that her ancestors did not live in Florida. They lived in the mountains of northern Georgia. This agrees with archaeology/anthropology that says that the Seminole came from this area. Mary said that when they lived up north, nobody really lived year-round in Florida, but came down to hunt and fish because Florida was like the Africa savanna and arid.
I was totally dumbfounded. Mary had just described how Florida was about 8,000 years ago or older, during the last ice age. When the Florida land mass was twice as big as today, due to the lowering of the sea level. Mary confirmed through oral history what we know about Florida from geological and archaeological history. Oral history that has been passed down for 8,000 years!
And to confirm that, I have seen objects held by native people today, that have been tested by famous anthropologists that have dated as old as 6,000 years, and have never been buried in the ground. One of these anthropologists was the late Dr. Charles Fairbanks. (And he dropped and broke one of the objects!)
There are native people alive here today who are the descendants of people who have lived in the southeast for thousands of years. Yes, we know that people migrated around. They will tell you that about themselves as well. But they are who they say they are.
But, were the people who killed the mammoth around Wakulla Springs about 13,000 years ago related to the people who became the Seminole or Miccosukee? Were the people from Windover Pond related? Did the migration of the Muskogee / Seminole / Hitchiti / Miccosukee people have cultural relics or genetic relics of these people moving around and having contact with each other? We do not know, and probably never will. That will probably remain among the great unanswered mysteries.
We need to get together a book called "Exploding Myths about Southeastern Native People."
We heard from respected archaeologist, Steve Koski, yesterday that they are pushing dates way back with a new dating method that takes into account anomalies in radioarbon dating. Seems there are artifacts coming out of Little Salt Springs that are over 13,000 y/o. Some of them are gorgeous! A green stone pendant had to have come from a deposit in North Carolina. Our native people have a long and beautiful heritage.
Hi I was in Panama recently and the ark of the covenant was discovered. The lost city of El Dorado is discovered in Chiriqui Panama. It is quiet interesting to see who is now taking responsibility for the exciting news. check out their link at http://thearkofthecovenantdiscovered.com/ Chiriqui archaeological sites. Exciting new news, revealed and exposed.
I saw that ark of the covenant in Panama web page and it is pretty absurd. That guy in the video is making a lot of unsubstantiated claims. And unlike the claims of the web page, archaeologists all over the world are not talking about it.