Martin County Library System Press Releases

December 28, 2012

Belle Glade archaeological culture unearthed Jan. 14 at Robert Morgade Library

DATE:  DECEMBER 28, 2012      

Jerald T. Milanich will present the extraordinary Belle Glade archaeological culture of South Florida dating from

1000 B.C. to A.D. 1700 on Monday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson Community Room of the Robert Morgade Library located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart.

When Juan Ponce de Leon and his small fleet landed on the Atlantic coast of Florida in 1513, much of the South Florida interior was home to the Belle Glade culture, a name given to the array of archaeological sites that dot the old shoreline of Lake Okeechobee and the surrounding wet savannah. The earthworks associated with these sites are among the most remarkable in the eastern United States. Yet, the Belle Glade culture has remained almost totally unknown except to archaeologists.

 In his illustrated lecture, Milanich will focus on the Fort Center site, the complex Belle Glade earthworks and the people who built them. Milanich is Contributing Editor for Archaeology magazine and professor emeritus, University of Florida. He is the author of a number of books on the native peoples of Florida.

This event is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Florida Viva 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum:  A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library in Stuart, March 4-23. Viva Florida 500 is a yearlong celebration of Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s shores and the following 500 years of history.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South programs or the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the  library website,




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