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Looking at Ethnic and Ecological Issues in the Analysis of Seminole War Battlefields in Florida

Author(s): Michelle D. Sivilich ; Gary D. Ellis

Year: 2016

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Gulf Archaeology Research Institute, a nonprofit scientific research organization, has a 20-year history of integrating biological and physical sciences to better understand and protect Florida’s vanishing natural and cultural resources. Population growth, development, and natural threats from sea level rise to climate change are all rapidly diminishing our cultural resources. Necessity has required innovative approaches to understand and protect historic landscapes. Partnering with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, we are re-evaluating what is known about 19th century Seminole War sites from a more value-neutral position and employing physical science testing and ecological analyses to offset bias presented by primary historical documents that fail to consider the Indigenous perspective. Through our use of partnership, archaeology, and environmental reconstruction we aim to get a more accurate and holistic picture of this complex conflict. 

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Looking at Ethnic and Ecological Issues in the Analysis of Seminole War Battlefields in Florida. Michelle D. Sivilich, Gary D. Ellis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434406)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 436

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America