Windover Archaeological Site

Windover Archaeological Site (HM14ZL)

Location: Titusville, FL 32780 Brevard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 32.958', W 80° 50.755'

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Discovered by accident in 1982, the Windover site is a burial place of Early Native Americans who inhabited this region 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. The burials were placed underwater in the peat of the shallow pond. This peat helped to preserve normally perishable artifacts and human tissues. The site contains the largest skeletal sample in the New World and the oldest bottle gourd found north of Mexico - two features that add to its significance. It also includes the largest and most complex sample of early textiles in the New World, a pollen record from the end of the Pleistocene to Recent Eras and recovery of some of the oldest DNA from brain tissue and bone. The remarkable state of preservation has allowed archaeologists to reconstruct some of the earliest New World diets based on contents from their stomachs and on scientific analysis. The site has produced the largest and most complex textile collection ever recovered from an Early Archaic period site. It also yielded a remarkable organic artifact inventory including wood and fibers. Archaeologists from Florida State University were among those who explored the Windover site.
HM NumberHM14ZL
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Marker NumberF-486
Year Placed2002
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 515072 N 3158063
Decimal Degrees28.54930000, -80.84591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 32.958', W 80° 50.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 32' 57.48" N, 80° 50' 45.30" W
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Area Code(s)321, 407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5111 Windover Trail, Titusville FL 32780, US
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