Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Diane Wallman, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John W. Arthur, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sarah Taylor, Ph.D.


Bayesian Modeling, Florida Archaeology, Safety Harbor Period, Woodland Period


The Weeden Island site (8PI1), despite its importance as a Weeden Island period (AD 200-900) settlement and ceremonial center of the southeastern United States and type site for the ceramic series bearing its name, has largely remained poorly-dated given its size and multiple components. With the limited number of dates available to archaeologists from the Weeden Island component, there has continued to be a lack of temporal and spatial control needed to answer many of the significant questions involving change at the site. Through the execution of shovel testing in previously uninvestigated areas of the site and analysis of material from past excavations, new radiocarbon dates have been obtained to help build a more accurate chronology of the site. Additionally, this research employs Bayesian modeling of radiocarbon dates to aid in further understanding of the settlement patterning and landscape use of the Weeden Island site.