Archaeology of the Everglades

John W. Griffin, Edited by Jerald T. Milanich and James J. Miller

Foreword by John Ehrenhard, James J. Miller, and Jerald T. Milanich
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"An important book about a natural World Heritage site that also has a rich human heritage."--American Archaeology

"As the only available synthesis of the archaeology of the Everglades, this book fills an important niche."--Choice

"Adds immeasurably to our knowledge of South Florida archaeology."--Journal of Field Archaeology

"Offers a vivid glimpse into a rich cultural past in an oftentimes misunderstood and overlooked region of our country."--H-Net

"Detailed descriptions of archaeological surveys and test excavations dovetail nicely with broader chapters on settlement, subsistence, and social organization. This is a valuable reference work."--SMRC Revista

"An extremely important work. . . . John has brought his unprecedented knowledge of the archaeology together with his anthropological and ecological insights, to provide the most thorough synthesis of the predrainage aboriginal use of this area. Now that Congress has mandated the restoration of the Everglades . . . this book will provide researchers as well as the general public with an understanding of what the Everglades were like prior to drainage and how humans utilized this natural wonder."--Randolph J. Widmer, University of Houston

Originally prepared as a report for the National Park Service in 1988, Griffin's work places the human occupation of the Everglades within the context of South Florida's unique natural environmental systems. He documents, for the first time, the little known but relatively extensive precolumbian occupation of the interior portion of the region and surveys the material culture of the Glades area. He also provides an account of the evolution of the region's climate and landscape and a history of previous archaeological research in the area and fuses ecological and material evidence into a discussion of the sequence and distribution of cultures, social organization, and lifeways of the Everglades inhabitants.

Milanich and Miller have transformed Griffin's report into an accessible, comprehensive overview of Everglades archaeology for specialists and the general public. Management plans have been removed, maps redrawn, and updates added. The result is a synthesis of the archaeology of a region that is taking center stage as various state and federal agencies cooperate to restore the health of this important ecosystem, one of the nation's most renowned natural areas and one that has been designated a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance. This book will make a key work in Florida archaeology more readily available as a springboard for future research and will also, at last, allow John Griffin's contribution to south Florida archaeology to be more widely appreciated.


John W. Griffin, a pioneer in Florida archaeology, was an archaeologist for both the Florida Park Service and the National Park Service (NPS), director of the NPS Southeast Archeological Center in Macon, Georgia, and director of the St. Augustine Preservation Board. Jerald T. Milanich is emeritus professor at the University of Florida/Florida Museum of Natural History and author of numerous books about the native peoples of the Southeast United States. James J. Miller was state archaeologist and chief of Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research for twenty years and is now a consultant in heritage planning.

A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series
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"This is an important book about a natural World Heritage site that also has a rich human heritage." "As Florida and the nation embark on a massive financial commitment to preserve this region, this volume will be a guide to its rich Native past." - American Archaeology American Archaeology

"an accessible, comprehensive overview of Everglades archaeology for specialists and the general public." - Indian Artifact Magazine Indian Artifact Magazine

"As the only available synthesis of the archaeology of the Everglades, this book fills an important niche." - Choice Choice

All readers interested in Florida's past will find much to gain in John W. Griffin's Archaeology of the Everglades. . . . Readers will gain a better understanding of the Native American experience in the ever-changing environment of south Florida.-- Florida Historical Quarterly

"A well-written book which adds immeasurably to our knowledge of South Florida archaeology." "…a crowning achievement to a lifetime of research. It is required reading for anyone interested in the archaeology of aquatic foragers, chiefdom development, or the archaeology of the Southeastern United States." Journal of Field Archaeology

"This is a valuable reference work for scholars interested in southeastern archaeology or for anyone looking for a thorough, well-written overview of the region." SMRC Revista

Offers a vivid glimpse into a rich cultural past in an oftentimes misunderstood and overlooked region of our country.-- H-Net

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