group additionally discovered pottery, bones, shells and remnants of stone instruments
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Amidst the futuristic panorama of Cape Canaveral Area Power Station, the place cutting-edge area expertise propels humanity in direction of the celebrities, lies an astonishing archaeological trove courting again to 5000 B.C.
College students from the College of Central Florida Division of Anthropology teamed up with Tom Penders, Area Launch Delta 45 cultural useful resource supervisor, to excavate archaeological dig websites at CCSFS and made thrilling discoveries.
“We discovered the blockhouse for Bumper 8, the primary rocket launched at CCSFS on July 24, 1950,” mentioned Penders. “Initially given three places, our surveys helped us find it hidden beneath dense vegetation.”
The blockhouse was a rectangular-shaped picket body construction positioned north of the pad and linked by way of utility trenches.
“We discovered a combination of artifacts on the Bumper 8 blockhouse location,” mentioned Penders, “from pottery shards courting again to 500 B.C., to supplies from the blockhouse, reminiscent of mirror shards, nails, and tar paper from the partitions.”
The unearthing of the Bumper 8 blockhouse comes as a well timed discovery, coinciding with the seventy fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking first rocket launch on July 24, 2025.
The group additionally discovered different artifacts at a second dig website, reminiscent of pottery, bones, shells, and remnants of stone instruments. This continues to make clear the Cape’s distant previous.
“By discovering pottery, bones, and shells, we will run a chemical evaluation of the carbonized and absorbed natural residues on these artifacts,” mentioned Allyson Shenkman, UCF scholar.
“This may present a novel window into the culinary cultures of historical folks, useful resource use, and environmental results by figuring out components utilized in historical meals.”
With these findings, the group was in a position to determine the kind of institution that beforehand existed.
“Based mostly on the discoveries [at the second dig site], reminiscent of submit molds and soil stains, we will surmise that this space was as soon as an occupation website with constructions,” mentioned Shenkman. “The presence of what seems to be a village trash heap additional helps the probability of this being a settlement.”
Applications just like the Cape Canaveral Archaeological Mitigation Challenge are essential for enabling partnerships between the bottom and local people whereas additionally preserving historic, archaeological, and cultural legacies.
“By way of the Cape Canaveral Archeological Mitigation Challenge, we’re in a position to save the Air and Area Power cash, enabling us to fund work that may in any other case be delayed for many years,” mentioned Penders.
“Moreover, this system fosters neighborhood engagement and equips college students with the talents wanted for a profession in archaeology and cultural useful resource administration.”
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