Wild Amelia
Press Release
Contact: Jay Kayne
December 6, 2021

Big Talbot excavations topic of discussion at Virtual Wild Nite on December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

On December 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM, Wild Amelia will host archaeologist and UNF professor Keith Ashley.  Dr. Ashley’s talk, followed by Q&A, will focus on findings from ongoing excavations at the indigenous Mocama community of Sarabay. Located on Big Talbot Island, Sarabay was one of the local Mocama Indian communities mentioned by French and Spanish explorers during the 1560s. UNF first investigated the site in 1998-99 and returned for more excavations in the fall 2020 and summer 2021. Artifacts date the area of investigation to AD 1580-1620.

Dr. Ashley is associated with both the UNF Archaeology Laboratory and the university’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.  His current research focuses on the indigenous peoples and histories of southeastern North America, particularly Florida. He is actively involved in archaeological excavations with UNF students throughout northeastern Florida.

Due to continuing CDC guidance related to large indoor gatherings, this free event will be held virtually on Zoom and can be accessed using the following Zoom link: https://bit.ly/32JAyZN. It can also be accessed with the Meeting ID: 876 7612 0954 and Passcode: 151119.

Wild Amelia’s mission is to educate residents and visitors about the local bioregion and encourage stewardship of the area’s natural resources through events and programs that educate and entertain while promoting a conservation ethic.  For updates on the status of program activities, please visit wildamelia.org and Wild Amelia on Facebook.


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