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Tannic Planet: The Development of a Maritime Heritage Trail on a Blackwater River

Author(s): Benjamin C Wells

Year: 2016

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ABSTRACT: With its headwaters in Alabama and terminus in Blackwater Bay, the Blackwater River is the major river of Santa Rosa County, Florida. For centuries this river has played an integral role in the development of northwest Florida as the primary avenue for transporting resources, goods, and people in and out of the interior of this area. In 2013 the Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Inc., contacted Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) Northwest Region office seeking assistance in developing a heritage outreach program distinct to and representative of the local waterfront communities. A maritime heritage trail was envisioned to present the river’s archaeological and historical sites, both on land and underwater. The focus of master’s thesis research, the Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail encompasses a 3.2 miles stretch of the river, promoting local heritage and laying a framework for future trail development and expansion.

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Tannic Planet: The Development of a Maritime Heritage Trail on a Blackwater River. Benjamin C Wells. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434760)


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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): 677

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