Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
People and Plants
Plants Fuel a Society
Fire is important to the development of cultures. The Calusa used fire to cook, and to help carve out logs to create canoes. Archaeologists who studied this shell mound gathered samples of the soil to be tested for botanicals. The test yielded 19,340 botanical items - 90% of which were charred wood. The most common was mangroves (77%), followed by pine or oak (21%). In addition to wood, researchers identified nut shells and nut meat, seeds and grass stems.
The Calusa diet was centered on aquatic foods, yet research shows they also gathered seasonal nuts, seeds, and fruit. Nuts found during the excavation were primarily high protein acorns and 91% of seeds collected were saw palmetto seeds. Many of these seeds were found together indicating the Calusa gathered the seeds when seasonally available.
Whether it was the Calusa, or the Cuban fisherman who set up ranchos or coastal fishing camps, or the late 19th
Erected by Department of State, Division of Historical Resource.
Location. 26° 26.749′ N, 81° 55.666′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Connecticut Street east of Shell Mound Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 451 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach FL 33931, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plants and Progress (here, next to this marker); Nature's Landlord (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sanibel Lighthouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Beach is a wild place (approx. 5.4 miles away); Molluscan Reproduction and Egg Case (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sanibel & Everglades Restoration Sea Turtles on Sanibel (approx. 5.4 miles away); Mollusks and the Environment (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . . The Mound House. (Submitted on November 30, 2015.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Anthropology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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