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Hurricane Irma kicked up out of the bottom of the Indian River, a dugout CANOES Piece Of Florida indian History from over 5000 years ago
by Ocean Blue 09/22/2017 6:30 pm
Local Cocoa photographer named Randy Lathrop was riding his bike along the river earlier this week when he came across the unusual piece of wood washed up near the shore, after Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction, however Irma, also unearthed a piece of history.
A wooden canoe that scientists say could be hundreds of years old possible between 500 to 5000 years old. This one has reportedly emerged from the bottom of the Indian River along Florida’s eastern coast following last week’s powerful storm, leading some to speculate that it could have once belonged to Native Americans.
In collaboration with the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research,researchers at the Florida Museum are working to record information on the many exposed dugout canoes that have been revealed in dried lakebeds and lowered waterways across Florida.
What to do if you discover one of these canoes?
Please do not remove it.
Contact either Donna Ruhl (email@example.com) at the Florida Museum of Natural History (352-273-1928) in Gainesville, Florida
Julia Byrd (Julia.Byrd@dos.myflorida.com) at the Bureau of Archaeological Research (850) 245-6336 in Tallahassee, Florida.
These important artifacts range in date from a few hundred years old to well over 6,000 years showing the significance of Florida’s long aquatic cultural heritage. Until relatively recently (e.g., during the severe drought in 2000 when 101 canoes were located along the shore of Newnans Lake and now again in 2012) these artifacts were submerged and protected by the waterlogged beds in which they were deposited.
Once exposed wood canoes are subject to rapid decay by fungus, molds, and other microbial activity as well as by light, desiccation, and human intervention. To help assist with the increasing number of canoes that have been exposed, we are actively trying to visit canoe sites when we are informed. We collect standardized data such as location, small samples and other documentation on these items to better understand cultural use as well as paleoenvironment.
For more information about what to do if you find a canoe please visit the Bureau of Archaeological Research web site on canoes.
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