The second and final season of the Interdisciplinary Research of Rosewood and Sumner (IRRS) project took place during the summer months of 2019. This included four weeks of fieldwork during May and June which included excavation, ground penetrating radar (GRP) surveys, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights, an photogrammetry work. This work resulted in the recording of 6 new Florida Master Site File (FMSF) records and updates to 4 previously recorded ones. In addition, we completed filming for a 50-minute documentary on 15 years of fieldwork in Levy County. All work took place on privately-owned properties, made possible by the kind nature of many Levy County residents.
The first season of the Interdisciplinary Research of Rosewood and Sumner (IRRS) project began in August, 2018. This project is funded by Florida Historic Preservation Grant 19.h.sm.200.085. These grants are funded by Florida Division of Historical Resources. The goal of this project is to expand previous archaeological and historical research in Rosewood, Florida to include the neighboring community of Sumner. This first portion of fieldwork took place August 6 – 10, 2019. It focused on the site of Rosewood’s African American cemetery, currently located on private property.
The Fort Charles Archaeological Project (FCAP) is a multi-year project exploring one of the earliest British forts in the Caribbean. The site is home to an early 17th century fort built shortly after the settlement of Nevis in 1628. Our work seeks to understand the changing nature of Caribbean society for more than two and a half centuries. In many ways, forts acted as points of contact between islands and the broader world. This is especially true at multipurpose sites like Fort Charles, which served as a customs fort for at least part of its occupation. You can learn more about this exciting project at the FCAP Website.