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Marco Island Historical Society (Marco Island, FL 34145-5028)
Austin James Bell (Project Director: April 2016 to June 2019)
The Rehabilitation of Archaeological Materials from Marco Island, Florida

Purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse a collection of site records and archaeological materials, including bone, wood, shell, stone, and ceramics, that document a native American history that spans more than 6,000 years on Marco Island, Florida.  The collection includes approximately 83 cubic feet of materials, in addition to 1,500 photographs and 350 negatives that derive from excavations conducted over the past century.  The sites include Key Marco, Caxambas Point Shell Midden, Horr’s Island Archaic Village, and Goodland Point.  The collections are used for research, education, and public programming.  This would be the institution’s first NEH award.

The MIHS is seeking a grant for the rehabilitation and long-term preservation of its collection of culturally significant archaeological materials. Marco Island is home to some of the most well-known archaeological sites in Florida. For more than 120 years, artifacts from Marco Island have been collected by revered institutions such as the Smithsonian and the British Museum. Now, the fledgling Marco Island Historical Museum is developing a collection of its own, largely a consequence of required modern archaeological surveys. The collection holds enormous potential as a resource for public access and academic research, but its accessibility is currently limited by inadequate curation and storage. Most materials are housed in deteriorating non-archival field bags and boxes, with any associated context in danger of being lost. A grant to the MIHS would ensure a comprehensive rehabilitation of these important collections so that they are preserved in perpetuity to benefit the public.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Native American Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 7/31/2018