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Palmer Burial Mound[500 x 359 jpg]
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|Description ||Palmer Burial Mound|
At Spanish Point/Ospraie near Sarasota Florida.
This tumulus dates to between 300-800 CE and was used by the so called Archaic Native Floridians.
It held the bodies of about 150 individuals, but no children. There was also the skeleton of an Alligator at the top of the mound.
The Archaic natives were, according to the guide, taller than current native Americans and had no cavities. Other studies indicates that they came from south to north, i.e. from the Caribean and South America, and not from the original migration accross the bearing straight.
There is a settlement nearby, amid a large Midden pile 5 Meters high.
Some stone, ceramic, shell and bone artifacts were also found, which are on display. The stone was imported from northern states, as there is apparantly very little hard rock in Florida.
This culture had already disapeared by the time of Columbus.
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