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‘Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining in South Florida’

By Staff | May 15, 2009

Learn about how plants have been utilized in the diet of Floridians for the past 10,000 years as Michele Williams, Ph.D. presents “Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining in South Florida” on Wednesday, May 20 at the monthly meeting of the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS).

The meeting will take place at the Bonita Springs Community Hall, located at 27381 Old U.S. 41. Refreshments are available at 7 p.m., the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

An archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), Williams will examine various plants utilized by early Floridians as well as some of the ‘meatier’ issues of early diet in South Florida. Learn how the wealth of natural resources in southern Florida has made it a unique dining experience for over 10,000 years.

Williams is the Director and Terrestrial Archaeologist for the Southeastern Region of FPAN. She has participated in digs throughout the southeastern United States for the past 20 years. Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans.

SWFAS meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Bonita Springs Community Center. It was founded in 1980 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a meeting place for people interested in the area’s past. Its goals are to learn more of the area’s prehistory, to help disseminate this information, and to help preserve its evidences. Its members number both professional and amateur archaeologists, come from all walks of life and age groups. They share a lively curiosity, a respect for the people who preceded them here, and a feeling of responsibility for the conservation of the mementos they left behind. SWFAS is a chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society.

For more information, call SWFAS President Theresa Schober at 239-851-9040.