Pine Island Midden and A New Midden

Indigenous artist Jonathan Jones resonates remnants of Aboriginal History at Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia, with his “Oysters and Tea Cups” installation he created for the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

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The CALUSA PEOPLE of Pine Island, Florida

The Calusa were once the most powerful people in all of South Florida. For many centuries they accumulated huge shell mounds, engineered canals, and sustained tens of thousands of people from the fish and shellfish found in the rich estuaries west and south of Fort Myers. All that is left of their culture today is a dwindling number of shell mound sites dotting the estuarine landscape between Charlotte Harbor and the Ten Thousand Islands region of the Everglades.

The Randell Research Center (RRC) is a permanent facility dedicated to learning and teaching the archaeology, history, and ecology of Southwest Florida. Situated in the scenic community of Pineland on the western shore of historic Pine Island, the RRC encompasses about 67 acres at the heart of the Pineland archaeological site, a massive shell mound site extending across more than 100 acres from the mangrove coastline.

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