by: Carol Erickson
Imagine.. living in a beautiful contemporary place like Sarasota with all its beauty, arts and culture.
Imagine.. also having the opportunity to go back in time to an archaeological dig right in our own backyard at the historic Phillippi Estate Park.
On January 4th and 5th, the media along with the public, were invited to attend the site of a real authentic dig at the Estate located at 5000 S. Tamiami Trail. This was a rare occasion to be unraveling an important piece of ancient history in a beautiful scenic location. The art of discovery is incredible! This was a joint venture between Sarasota County and New College of Florida. Many locals and tourists were on hand to possibly witness the irreplaceable remains of our past.
The first person we met was Dr. Uzi Baram, a Professor at New College and the team of knowledgeable and passionate volunteers. Although we were cautioned not expect any sensational findings, just the thought of possibly witnessing the first person to discover something that no one else had seen or touched before in two thousand years, was well worth the trip.
The day was another vivid reminder of Sarasota’s origins and the people who were a major part in building this vibrant community we all love.
For more information, visit www.scgov.net
The county’s 60-acre Phillippi Estate Park, located on the southern shore of Phillippi Creek, includes prehistoric archaeological evidence spanning thousands of years. The testing of selected areas of the property will help define the boundaries of the Prodie Midden Site, believed to have been occupied between 2,500 to 1,200 years ago.