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Archaeology of Florida

The archaeology displays include many types of points, stone and shell tools, pottery fragments, and other objects. Thanks to the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy (KVAHC), a group of enthusiastic avocational archaeologists mentored by Dr. Robert Austin, the archaeological displays include recent discoveries from the Blueberry site in Highlands County.

For years the Kissimmee Valley was thought to be a seasonal resource for hunting and gathering by coastal tribes like the Calusa or Ais and not a year ’round home for an indigenous culture. Recent discoveries by KVAHC at sites like the Royce Mound and Blueberry suggest that that is not the case. The Blueberry site in particular, south and east of Lake Placid, has furnished evidence of continuing habitation for hundreds of years. In addition, artifacts found at the site provide strong evidence for a vigorous and ongoing trade relationship with tribes as far away as the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

 Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. 

- Daniel Barenboim