Adventures in Archaeology: A Symposium in Honor of Wm. Jerald Kennedy

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2016)

For over three decades Wm. Jerald Kennedy mentored undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Atlantic University. Students interested in archaeology at the growing Boca Raton campus were welcomed by Jerry’s affable nature and inquisitive personality. He mastered the art of connecting students with the right projects and field opportunities, often providing subtle direction, sometimes in ways that those students only understood years or decades later. Jerry received his Ph.D from Tulane in 1968, based on pioneering research conducted in Costa Rica, but his work over the next forty years reached from Central America to Florida, and from Ireland to Ecuador. He frequently deployed science and technology applications in archaeology, and pioneered the use of GIS in Florida field surveys, along with proton magnetometer remote sensing, PIXE analysis, thin-sectioning, and more. Jerry’s work was always student-centered and he encouraged us to follow our interests and passions. Through his example, we learned public archaeology and the value of community-based research. This symposium brings together some of Jerry’s colleagues and students who share their research in tribute to their mentor and friend. Jerry was named Professor Emeritus in 2003.

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  • Circulating Ceramics in the Eighteenth Century (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Daniel Hughes.

    Purpose of this paper is to examine our ability to model trade connections through the use of ceramics and quantitative methods. Ceramic collections from various eighteenth Caribbean sites will be examined through a statistical model for inter-island trade. I shall argue that consumptive patterns are knowable and testable through the archaeological record. Finally, the connections developed from the importation of various goods, such as ceramics, provide opportunities to test ideas about...

  • From Spanish Shipwrecks to Coastal Development: The Archaeologist as Adventurer, Public Enemy and Philosopher (Did Anybody Say Scientist?) (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jesus Vega.

    Forty years of research in submerged prehistoric sites, shipwrecks, masonry forts, pirates, colonial wars, bridges, piers, lighthouses, eroding highways, fishing communities, estuarine shantytowns, beachfront condos, hotels, resorts, abandoned Olympic swimming pools, deep-water outfalls, trans-oceanic fiber-optic cables, etc., provide first-hand data for my own conflict theory of coastal evolution. From the earliest prehistoric hunters to my own research, the coast is a place of endless...

  • A Generous Spirit (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Harris.

    This paper offers a reflection on Jerry Kennedy’s manifold contributions to the Department of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University and their continuing influence a decade past his retirement. These contributions include his work on the archaeology of south Florida and elsewhere, the training of students at both undergraduate and graduate levels, the creation of programs, and the lending of his administrative acumen to department causes. Jerry’s work as an archaeologist has been...

  • GIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology: Jerry Kennedy's Influence on Large Scale Studies (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only John Turck. Alexander Martin.

    The use of GIS and remote sensing for discerning patterns in past cultural phenomena has exploded in the last 15 years. It has moved beyond mere map-making, to sophisticated analyses (incorporating aspects such as spatial statistics, regional archaeological data, LiDAR data, and 3-D representations) that synthesize large and diverse datasets to better understand the past. This is especially true when reconstructing human settlement patterns to understand the nature of social change and the...

  • Jerry Sent Me to Mesoamerica and All I Got Was a Shirt... (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only D Clark Wernecke.

    I was a returning (older) student, a market segment many universities have trouble relating to, fortunate to arrive at Florida Atlantic University with a number of other returning students. Dr. Kennedy let us run with our ideas, working CRM jobs, starting a lab on campus, and exploring our interests. Then one day, he comes to me and says, “I know this person who might need your skills” and I was off to Belize and Guatemala on the start of what has been both a great adventure and a rewarding...

  • The National Archives: Accessing Historical Resources for the Archaeologist (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Monica Oyola-Coeur, RPA.

    The National Archives is best known as a repository of the Charters of Freedom and less known for the wealth of historical resources from the vaults, many accessible digitally. This paper discusses how U.S. government records of historical value such as documents, maps and early photographs are organized to facilitate search of archival resources available for archaeological research. An overview of the National Archives collections, databases, and digital information from selected federal...

  • North Woodlawn Cemetery: Remotely Sensing Jim Crow (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only James Pepe.

    North Woodlawn Cemetery served Fort Lauderdale’s African American community during the period of legislated racial segregation. In the 1960s, a portion of the cemetery was purchased by the State of Florida and incorporated into the new Right-of-Way (ROW) for Interstate 95. In 2012, Janus Research began working with the Florida Department of Transportation on possible improvements in the vicinity of North Woodlawn. A major part of this research involved ascertaining if unmarked graves are present...

  • Perry Pines Sites: A Cultural Resources Phase I Survey Report (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Gary Beiter. Monica Oyola-Coeur.

    A Phase I survey was conducted in Perry Pines, Taylor County, Florida for an expansion of limestone mining of the area. The research aimed at locating and assessing potential archaeological and historical resources within the project area. Six archaeological resources were identified: a habitational site, a camp site, a bridge site and three quarry sites for stone tool making. Located in the North Peninsula Gulf Coast archaeological region, the Perry Pines sites appear to have been...

  • Wm. Jerald Kennedy’s Legacy of Archaeology in Palm Beach County, Florida (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ryan Wheeler.

    In the spring of 1989 Jerry Kennedy hired me to conduct fieldwork for the first archaeological reconnaissance survey of Palm Beach County. I drove around the county in Florida Atlantic University’s late 1980s model Ford Taurus wagon with a list from the Florida Master Site File, attempting to revisit as many sites as possible. The station wagon endured a fair bit of off road driving, including an excursion into the South Florida Water Management District’s newly establish DuPuis Environmental...