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Distinguished Speaker Series | The First Peoples of Key West: Archaeology at the Stock Island Site and Beyond

2-April from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Ryan Hark will be discussing his most recent discoveries in studying remains from the Stock Island archaeological site that was once located on a small island northwest of today’s Stock Island (where the County prison is today). He will be sharing new radiocarbon dates from the oldest human-made deposits at the site, which provide the first hard evidence of the earliest occupation known in the Lower Florida Keys. He will also share new marine-shell isotope data that reveal the season(s) of the year that Natives were fishing at the Stock Island site. 

About the Presenter: 

Ryan Harke is a PhD Candidate in archaeology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where his doctoral research focuses on the Pre-Columbian cultures of the Florida Keys. His research blends island archaeology and marine biology to understand how Native Americans exploited the marine environments of the Keys. Ryan is a registered professional archaeologist and has worked at dozens of archaeological sites across Florida and the greater Southeast U.S. over the past decade. He also served as a public archaeologist for Flagler College in St. Augustine. 


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