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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Earliest Natives in Florida

When people think of the earliest Indians in Florida, they typically think of the Seminoles. However, Europeans had arrived in Florida over 200 years prior before the Seminoles ever migrated to Florida from Georgia during the beginning of the 18th century.

So what exactly does it mean? It means that close to 12000 years ago, when Florida was much larger and drier, people arrived. They lived simple, yet meaningful lives, following herds of mammoths and collecting grains, seeds, and berries during the season.

There has never been pottery found, no bows, and no arrows. Instead, they hunted with hand carved spears fashioned with chipped-stones, made by chipping a single flake from each side of the point. What they did hunt and capture was cooked in leather bags using heated stones.

There is no exact term given to these individuals, however archaeologists know them as Paleo-Indians, the oldest Indians in fact. 
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Carol Yates Wilkerson said...

From 1988 to 1992 my husband and I lived on Amelia Island, just north of JAX Florida. The island was pretty small and is located just south of the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, GA. Because of the close proximity to the base the Navy would routinely dredge and pump up sand onto the east side of the island's beach. It was a plus for us because walking the beaches took on the added allure of finding all sorts of fossilized shark's teeth, etc. As I was walking one evening with my husband I walked by this rather large black 'rock' looking item. We walked a little further down the beach, turned around and since it was still there (no one else had seen it for what it was) I picked it up. Our friend who was then a science teacher at the high school told me it was a mammoth tooth! (I think I have that right. I get mixed up on mammoth and mastadon). It turned out to be a bit more than a black "rock". :)

The Ancient Digger said...


Wow, what an amazing find. I would urge you to go to a museum and talk to some one that's an expert in prehistoric animals just to make sure you have what you think you do. Not that I don't trust the opinion of your friend, I would just want proof.

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