Stuart in Martin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gilbert's Bar Prehistoric Site
The rich marine environment provided these Native Americans a diet of fish, shellfish, and sea animals, including whale and sea turtle. The land provided them with deer, bear, snakes, and edible and medicinal plants.
Because of the lack of hard stone, tools and weapons were fashioned from bone, shell, and wood. Vessels were made from gourds, wood, and clay. Wooden dugout canoes efficiently ferried groups and families from the Atlantic Ocean to the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers.
Archaeologists have documented numerous prehistoric sites on Hutchinson Island. Many sites have been damaged by hurricanes and looters. Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge was built on top of a prehistoric settlement dating to as early as circa 800 BC.
By the late 18th century, disease, warfare, and slave raids had decimated the† Native American populations. There are no known descendants of the first people of Hutchinson Island.
Erected 2008 by Halpatiokee Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Location. 27° 11.975′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 SE MacArthur Boulevard, Stuart FL 34996, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Elizabeth Mound (approx. 3Ĺ miles away); Stuart Welcome Arch (approx. 3.8 miles away); Camp Murphy Site (approx. 13.1 miles away); Jonathan Dickinson Shipwreck (approx. 14.1 miles away).
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans •
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