Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining in Southern Florida
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cattle, citrus, and many other common foods today were brought to Florida by the Spanish, so what were people eating before then? This talk covers what people would have had for dinner in Southwest Florida 2,000 years ago. Topics of environment, flora and fauna, archaeological research, and historical documents all come together to answer this question.
About Natalie A. De La Torre Salas
Our guest speaker, Natalie A. De La Torre Salas, is the public archaeology outreach coordinator for Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Southwest region. She is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Women for Disaster Risk Reduction (LAC) and a member of Randell Research Center’s Advisory Board. She earned her M.A. in Public Archaeology from University College London, UK, and her B.A. in Anthropology from University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, PR. Her research interests include disaster risk management of cultural heritage, public outreach, decolonial theory and digitization and dissemination of archaeological collections. One of her goals with FPAN is to develop programs and public outreach for Latinx communities in SWFL. She is also the founder and co-host of the podcast Ecos Patrimoniales which has become a one-of-a-kind online space for people from Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean to share stories about topics related to cultural heritage, archaeology and lessons learned for reducing disaster risk of cultural heritage and communities.
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