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Titusville in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Windover Archaeological Site

 
 
Windover Archaeological Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Cox, December 2, 2011
1. Windover Archaeological Site Marker
Inscription.  Discovered by accident in 1982, the Windover site is a burial place of Early Native Americans who inhabited this region 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. The burials were placed underwater in the peat of the shallow pond. This peat helped to preserve normally perishable artifacts and human tissues. The site contains the largest skeletal sample in the New World and the oldest bottle gourd found north of Mexico - two features that add to its significance. It also includes the largest and most complex sample of early textiles in the New World, a pollen record from the end of the Pleistocene to Recent Eras and recovery of some of the oldest DNA from brain tissue and bone. The remarkable state of preservation has allowed archaeologists to reconstruct some of the earliest New World diets based on contents from their stomachs and on scientific analysis. The site has produced the largest and most complex textile collection ever recovered from an Early Archaic period site. It also yielded a remarkable organic artifact inventory including wood and fibers. Archaeologists from Florida State University were among those who explored the Windover site.
 
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2002 by the Brevard County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-486.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansPaleontologyScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1982.
 
Location. 28° 32.958′ N, 80° 50.755′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Windover Way and Windover Trail on Windover Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville FL 32780, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Addison/Ellis Canal (approx. 2.8 miles away); Titusville Florida (approx. 3.1 miles away); Harry Tyson Moore (approx. 4.4 miles away); Titusville Negro School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - c. 1875 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Brevard County Courthouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); North Brevard County Veterans Honor Roll (approx. 4.8 miles away); Brevard County World War I Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is near the larger Windover Farms subdivision sign.
 
Additional commentary.
Windover Farms Subdivision Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Cox, December 2, 2011
2. Windover Farms Subdivision Sign
The Windover Archaelogical site is named for the Windover Farms subdivision which was being built when the site was discovered.

1. National Historic Landmark
The Windover Archaeological Site was recognized by the U.S. National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 (#87000810). The agency noted that Windover "represents one of the largest collections of human skeletal material from its time period (Early Archaic) and one of the largest collections of fiber arts yet found at any archeological site in the New World."
    — Submitted April 13, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.

 
Additional keywords. archaeology dig
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 3,352 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on October 15, 2012, by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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