Archaeology April 2017


Guest Speaker: Nigel Rudolph

Crystal River Site


  • musical instruments such as copper pan flutes
  • copper breast plates
  • ear spools
  • burial sites

CB Moore

  • Did amazing artifact drawings
  • Rating burial moun and lagoons

Ridley Bullen

  • Dud out of the burial mounds and basically destroyed them

1950's to 1960's

  • Owners bulldozed 2/3 of mound A to build a trailer park


  • Storm swept through and destroyed the trailer park


Mound H

  • 15 ft tall
  • Only mound that is shaped like that in the US
  • Excavated by Bullen
  • Oyster shell and sand were used for support for structures

Mound G

  • Small
  • 5ft tall
  • Made of sand
  • Built at the same time as the burial complex

Stele at crystal river

  • A large carved chinch of limestone
  • Only has one carving
  • Sitting on bed of cottage stones
  • Detereating quickly
  • Lichen was there and protecting it at first

What's next

  • New interpretative signage
  • All base on imagery coming from the mural

The Dig



Visitors and Participants

  • Dr.Butler
  • Mr.Davis
  • Ms.Anita
  • Gabbie
  • Josue
  • Hilary
  • Siyona
  • Sam
  • Isaac
  • Misty
  • Ashley


This Archaeology Dig was honestly really fun because Josue and I broke the record for finding the most flakes in any dig. We got the hard part done which was screening through all the leaves and grass and top soil which is hard to look through. This was also the last dig of the year which was really sad but also exciting because we started a new unit.

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