By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Known for its focus on Florida history, dating from prehistoric times to the pioneer days, the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science proudly opened a new exhibit in April, with roots right here on the Space Coast.
The South Indian Field Dig exhibit, which features fossils, pottery shards and bones, is the newest exhibit to grace the halls of the Brevard Museum.
A dig, conducted over the span of 22 years, by A. T. Anderson and his son, just a few miles west of Malabar, the South Indian Field archaeological dig yielded a variety of historic materials.
Nancy Rader, executive director of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, said that Mr. Anderson, who was a local machine tool designer, discovered he was standing on a Native American midden, which she described as a trash pile left by Native Americans, in 1927.
Mr. Anderson discovered the midden by accident, as he was in the process of digging a well.
"My favorite part of this exhibit is that one man, with a few friends, dug up a massive amount of land, and we have, in our museum, six mammoth teeth, one mastodon bone and various projectile points and numerous pottery pieces," Mrs. Rader said. "We have a covered table that displays the other finds that we have of South Indian Field, as well."
Through his discovery, Mr. Anderson uncovered four separate middens and what could possibly be an ancient village site.
"We have an original photo album that we took various photos from and enlarged on the exhibit wall," Mrs. Rader said.
The South Indian Field Dig exhibit, which is located next to "Bones," the mastodon, and his friends, the giant ground sloth and saber-tooth cat, is currently open to the public, as part of regular admission to the Brevard Museum.
"Our museum has a great many patrons coming to view our Windover Exhibit and our numerous fossil displays," Mrs. Rader said. "When I was going through the collections and found the boxes and photo album about South Indian Field, I thought it would go well with the interests of our visitors."
For more information about the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, call (321) 632-1830 or visit www.BrevardMuseum.com.