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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1065
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Prehistoric Archaeological Sites Undergo Research; Media Receives Guided Tour Friday
5/14/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the media to a guided tour of two archaeological sites discovered on the campus during pre-construction of FGCU beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17 on the loggia of Whitaker Hall.

The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources says the sites are of significant importance and awarded FGCU a $15,000 grant to conduct archaeological research on the two prehistoric sites.

FGCU hopes the inland sites, named Eagle Pond and Little Boar, will yield information about the political and social complexity of native Floridians, their usage of resources and seasonal travels in the millennia preceding European contact.

Students and community volunteers work with researchers under the direction of FGCU’s cultural resource management program to determine the size, timeline and possible purpose of the cultural resources.

Department of State grants are made to assist major archaeological excavations, large restoration projects at historic structures and major museum exhibit projects involving the development and presentation of information on the history of Florida.

Through such grants, students, faculty and community members are able to work together to preserve the vital resources of Florida’s past. FGCU actively collaborates with other groups interested in protecting prehistoric resources in the area, such as the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society, Florida Museum of Natural History, Fort Myers Historical Museum and the University of Florida.

FGCU is an accredited comprehensive public university created to address the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and is dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities.

For more information, contact instructor of ecological studies Corbett Torrence at (941) 590-7239 or ctorrenc@fgcu.edu, or associate professor of anthropology Michael McDonald at (941) 590-7212 or mmcdonal@fgcu.edu.

Further information about the grant can be obtained at the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, website at .

Please Note: This project has been financed in part with the historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, and Florida Department of State, assisted by the Historic Preservation Advisory Council. The Florida Department of State does not endorse any reflected views, opinions, trade names or products.

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