Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fisheating Creek WMA, FORT CENTER (Archaeological Site)Trail. (Safari Today)

Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, Fort Center Trail is located in Glades County.
The name Fisheating Creek is derived from the Creek Thlothlopopka-hatchee meaning “the creek where fish are eaten.”
The Fort Center site consists of mounds, ponds, circular ditches, and linear embankments built over at least 2000 years. William Sears, director of the excavation and author of Fort Center: An Archeological Site in the Lake Okeechobee Basin, believes that corn pollen found in one of the three overlapping basins indicates that the Belle Glade people grew corn. If true, Fort Center would be one of the earliest, if not the earliest, example of agriculture in the pre-Columbian Eastern United States. Sears theorizes that people dug ditches to drain the soil for corn, which will not grow in wet soils, and that this practice may have spread across the Caribbean or around the Gulf from the lowlands of Mexico.(Read More)

Fort Center: An Archaeological Site in the Lake Okeechobee Basin
Willian H Sears

Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Glades County, Fl


Ken Conger Photography said...

Great post. Looks like an interesting place. Like the mushroom and frog images! Blue Skies.

alex216 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.