History / Archaeology
History: Weedon Island Preserve's rich human history began with prehistoric peoples who thrived on the abundant fish, shellfish, plants, and mammals of the wetlands, islands and estuaries of Tampa Bay. These people evolved into the Weeden (alternate spelling) Island culture that lasted some 800 years.
Their social structure included ceremonial and artistic pottery and modes of burial with associated goods.
The colorful history of Weedon Island continued with the arrival of homesteaders, speakeasies, a Hollywood movie studio and a 1930s airport.
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Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education
Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) is a non-profit organization that has as its goal to promote and facilitate long-term archaeological research, scientific exploration and public education at the Weedon Island Preserve and the adjacent Gulf coast region. Our Officers and Advisory Board include professional archaeologists and interested lay persons.
Florida Public Archaeology Network, West Central Regional Center
The Florida Public Archaeology Network is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information, institutions for learning and training, and headquarters for public participation in archaeology.