Engineers of the Mississippian
About Florida Archaeology Month
How can we come together to build a better world? The Native peoples of the Mississippian Period were engineers who shaped every aspect of their lives, just as we do today. This year’s Florida Archaeology Month poster highlights different aspects of engineering during the Mississippian Period, whether it was the engineering of mounds and waterways at Calusa sites in southwest Florida, social networks and extensive trade evidenced in exotic materials found at sites like Mill Cove near Jacksonville, or even religious and social systems reflected in iconography like the “Falcon Warrior.” Engineers are skillful, original thinkers who design and build complicated systems and structures. The engineers of the Mississippian Period built vibrant communities shaped by achievements in landscape design, social systems, and extensive trade. Major world events would dramatically change life for Native peoples in Florida, but their creative spirit lives on today.
Download the 2017 Archaeology Month Poster
Every March, statewide programs and events celebrating Florida Archaeology Month are designed to encourage Floridians and visitors to learn more about the archaeology and history of the state, and to preserve these important parts of Florida's rich cultural heritage. Plan to attend some of the many events throughout Florida during March 2017. A full listing of events can be found on the events page linked at the top of the page. Information about local events can also be found on the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) Website, and on local FAS chapter Websites that can be accessed from the main FAS Webpage
Florida Archaeology Month is coordinated by the Florida Anthropological Society, and supported by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. Additional sponsors for 2017 include the Florida Archaeological Council, Florida Public Archaeology Network, state and local museums, historical commissions, libraries, and public and private school systems. The 2017 poster is available through the local Florida Anthropological Society Chapters, and can also be acquired at your local Florida Public Archaeology Network center.