During the Chassahowitzka Springs Restoration Project, underwater archaeologists discovered hundreds of artifacts that span 10,000 years of Florida’s history. From the Paleoindians to the Seminoles, and from the Spanish to the Floridians today, the Springs served as a vital natural resource. Now, with the restoration work complete, Floridians of tomorrow will continue to discover the splendor of Chassahowitzka Springs.
To view some of these amazing artifacts in person, visit the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum located in Citrus County at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. The exhibit opens July, 2014.
Majolica ceramics arrived with Juan Ponce de León in 1513 and are typically found on Spanish sites throughout North Florida. This particular pattern dates to the 1600s.
Admiralty Fishing Anchor Late-1800’s
Bristol Slip Stoneware 1850-1930
This is a Hubley Long Barrel Texan Jr. toy cap gun from the mid-1900s. Manufactured in Pennsylvania, all Hubley toys were hand-painted and are considered valuable collectors’ items.
Among the oldest pottery recovered from the springs, this Deptford Linear Checked Stamped dates from 200 BC – AD 200.
This Duval projectile point dates from 300 – 1200 BC during the Weedon Island period.
Embossed edgeware ceramics like the one shown were made around 1830.
A patent was awarded to Lalance and Grosjean in 1877 for enameled sheet metal containers such as the one pictured.
Ford Battery Sign
Glass Medical Syringe
This fish hook was carved from the femur of a white-tail deer.
Production of Kerosene Lamps Began in 1860.
The Archaic Period from 6000 – 3000 BC is represented by this Kirk-like projectile point.
Limestone fragments and minerals in the clay such as Fuller’s Earth distinguish these ceramics as part of the Pasco series commonly found north and east of Tampa Bay. The intact bowl is the only known example to be recovered in Florida and dates between AD 100-1500.
This piece of Chattahoochee Brushed pottery sherd from the 1700s connects the springs to the Seminole Period.
The Suwannee Greenbriar projectile point was the oldest artifact found dating back to 10,000 – 7,500 BC during the Paleoindian period.