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CMVAS celebrates 10th anniversary with lecture on
Oct. 8, 2008 --
The Central Mississippi
Valley Archaeological Survey (CMVAS) will celebrate its 10th anniversary
on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., ASU Museum, Room 182.
Dr. Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Toltec
Mounds, State Park, will present a lecture, "The Florida Seminoles:
Colonial Entrepreneurs." The lecture is free, and the public is welcome.
Refreshments will be provided, and books and additional information on
Arkansas archeology will be available.
A large group of Seminole Indians, known as the Alachua Seminoles, had
an important political center in north-central Florida, circa 1790-1812.
This archeological site, 8AL366, is known as the Paynes Town site.
The leader of the Alachua Seminoles, King Payne, and other members of
the community successfully engaged in the colonial economy through
cattle ranching, commercial agriculture, hunting, and exchanging of
hides and pelts, and other entrepreneurial ventures.
The incorporation of these practices into their native economy was one
of the many examples of how the Alachua Seminoles melded non-Indian
practices and materials into their indigenous system, forming a
distinctive blend of the old and the new.
The ability to be adaptive and flexible may explain how Paynes Town and
earlier Alachua Seminole settlements obtained a degree of political
autonomy and wealth that few other Seminole groups achieved.
For more information on this special CMVAS 10th anniversary lecture,
contact Dr. Julie Morrow, ext.