Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The sift is on!



For months, Coastal Breeze News has been teasing its readers with the chance to get involved in the ongoing archaeological dig in the Estates area of Marco Island. Well, the wait is finally over. A call to Marco Island Historical Society Members was first sent out and now the Society is reaching out to the general public for a chance to get their hands dirty and find ancient artifacts left by the Calusa Indians.

Twenty mounds of dirt were dug up in an “archaeologically sensitive area” during the sewer installation process and dropped at a location on the corner of Addison Court and Leo Court by Mitchell & Stark, contractors in charge of the STRP project. Fresh dirt was brought in to replace what was dug up to give Advanced Archaeology and its volunteers the opportunity to find long lost remnants.

The dig begins on Monday, March 11th and runs through March 22nd, Monday through Friday, 9 AM until 4 PM.

“We are hoping for five to ten volunteers each day,” adds Kathy Miracco of the Historical Society. Volunteers can set their own time but are asked to commit to at least two-hour shifts.

Field training will be available upon arrival. Some piles will be slowly sifted while others will be quickly raked. Be prepared for dirty, physical work, but know you’ll be rewarded when you find pieces of shell, pottery and more that’s over 1,000 years old. Who knows, your find may end up one day in the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Contact Gene Erjavec to schedule your “dig” at 239-777-5272 or at


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