Topic, "Building the Amazon"

At 7PM on Wednesday 7 October, at Taste, in College Park, we'll have a fascinating discussion for you.

Dr. John Walker is an archaeologist working in the Amazon Basin and he studies how pre-Columbian farmers engineered that environment, showing that our supposition of a pristine Amazon is wrong and that instead the Amazon has been managed and cultivated for thousands of years. At UCF, he teaches Archaeology of Complex Societies, History of Anthropological Thought, GIS Applications in Archaeology, and other courses. His most recent book is Agricultural Change in the Bolivian Amazon (2004). He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the UCF faculty in 2006.


717 W. Smith Street
Orlando, United States

Taste is near the corner of Princeton Street (really Smith Street after the fork) and Edgewater Drive, so about 2 minutes from I-4 to parking. One can park on the street or in the parking lot behind Taste.

From I-4, drive a few blocks to Edgewater Drive. At the intersection, you should see a orange building ahead of you, labeled "Taste". Park on the street or behind Taste.

"In The Dirt", free archaeology lecture series

An archaeology lecture series is hosted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network and Brevard Community College, Titusville. All Lectures held at 7pm in the Auditorium in Bldg. 1, Titusville Campus, ph. 321-433-5042. All lectures are free, and no registration is necessary. The Fall 2009 "In the Dirt" Lecture Series will focus on how Native Americans utilized the rich resources within Florida's varied habitats. Come learn about these amazing habitats and see how they fulfilled the daily needs of Florida's early residents.

October 29th, Halloween Special, The History of the Human Skeleton. The skeleton provides a framework for muscles and skin, nutrients necessary for survival, and is one of the most essential tissues of the human body. But the skeleton also plays a fundamental role in our iconography. Di Vinci's early drawings, Le Catacombs of Paris, and the Sedlec ossuary of Prague have celebrated the skeleton in various forms. The human skeleton has intrigued, haunted, and amazed us through time. We'll explore the many uses of human remains and how the bones of our bodies serve as symbolism within human culture.

November 19th, Over the River and Through the Woods: Archaeology of Florida's Uplands. The upland areas of north central Florida provide a habitat rich in resources. The Timucuan utilized these habitats on a daily basis, whether hunting deer or bear, planting crops in the rich soils, or performing cleansing rituals using upland plants. These activities were captured in Jacques Le Moyne's detailed engravings, produced while he traveled throughout early Florida. We'll explore Timucuan daily life as seen through Le Moyne's work and see how Florida's upland habitats provided a rich diversity of resources.

December 10th, Life's a Beach: Archaeology of Florida's Coasts. Florida has over 1,300 miles of coastline and provides a rich array of plants and animals. The estuaries, beaches and coastal uplands provided the Calusa with enough natural resources to enable the development of a complex society, consisting of nobles, commoners, and an elite military. Such complexity is rare among hunting/gathering peoples. The wealth of coastal resources enabled the Calusa to control vast regions of south Florida and create one of Florida's most unusual aboriginal societies.