Using drones to gather high-resolution LiDAR data, research identified evidence of a rare pre-Columbian bead-making settlement the Lower Suwannee Refuge's Raleigh Island, off the shore near Shell Mound. Friends member and University of Florida professor Dr. Ken Sassaman, his doctoral student Terry Barbour, additional graduate students, and FWS archaeologist Rick Kanaski published their study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences It is receiving widespread media attention.
The US Fish and Wildlife website highlighted the story with the headline -- "A Refuge Gives Up Its Secret".
Tampa Bay Times headlined, "Archaeologists with drone find bead-making settlements"
The Guardian says "Drone-mounted lasers reveal ancient settlement off Florida coast"
Smithsonian says "Using Drone-Mounted Lasers, Scientists Find Ancient Bead-Making, Island-Dwelling Community in Florida"
popular Archaeology says "Bead-making complex off the Florida coast"
Ancient Origins says "Unprecedented Find of Shell-Enclosed Settlement in Florida"
Our own Larry Woodward wrote this feature photo essay, Why I Took These Shots
His article is published on the newly revised FWS website. The FWS launched a new communication strategy to improve the public's user experience with the National Wildlife Refuge System and wildlife conservation. Larry's essay and outstanding photos are a perfect fit for the new campaign.