Ancient Watercraft on Changing Landscapes

Author(s): Donna Ruhl

Year: 2016


This poster is a summary of the results of a multiyear study of drought-exposed dugout canoes, oral histories, steward-preserved dugouts, and revisited extant canoe collections, coupled with many new radiocarbon dates on these heretofore unstudied canoes. Along with dugout dates, location and quantities have revealed additional insights about mobility, paleoenvironment, waterscapes, settlement change, economies, and overall significance of these underrepresented yet unique artifacts. Modern and paleohydrological studies of sea level impact on coastal shorelines have neglected this impact on interior waterways, flow and water tables. Beyond the enhanced understanding of the significance of dugout canoes, dates are corroborating sea level rises and declines to canoes presence and absence in interior areas and raising further questions regarding settlement patterns through time, migration, transportation, paleoenvironment, paleohydrology, and lifeways in and around Florida’s ancient waterways.

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Ancient Watercraft on Changing Landscapes. Donna Ruhl. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405082)

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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;