Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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Page 110 2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide HICKORY BLUFF MOUNDS In 1905, Clarence Bloomfield Moore (1852-1936), a wealthy, amateur archaeologist from Philadelphia excavated a mound located on the northern bank of the Peace River about one half mile north of this site. Moore found the sand burial mound containing bones and pottery sherds dating the mound to the Safety Harbor period (A.D. 900-1725). The Timucua Indians, part of the Safety Harbor culture, lived along the central Gulf coast of Florida. Moore noted that the mound had been badly disturbed prior to his excavation. Early settlement of the Hickory Bluff area may have been the cause of the mound's disturbance. Today there is no evidence of the sand mound. 5100 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte Sun photos by Betsy Calvert Left: Rachael Kangas, public archaeology coordi- nator of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, holds an example of an Indian shell tool, such as one that might be found in an Indian Mound. She was part of the unveiling of the county's newest Hickery Bluff Mound historic marker at Live Oak Point Park. County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch and Daughters of the American Revolution regent Valerie Colbert of the Hickory Bluff Chapter stand to the either side of a new county historic marker at Live Oak Point Park.

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