As promised, here is a photo gallery from my recent visit to the Boca Weir site. This location is but a small part of the greater Spanish River Complex. This wider locality was a pre-contact village site, which may have been inhabited by 200 people. Once again, let me reiterate two things: 1) the exact location of this site is being kept secret to protect the cultural resources, and 2) the site itself is private property, I did not set foot onto the locality, because I did not have permission to do so. However, the above provisos do not mean I cannot share these photos taken from the public beach.
As a little scene setting, here is a photo of the ocean and the beach. Afterall, this archaeological site is located right on top of a beach dune and but a short hop from the water.
Next up, while walking up the beach to the site, we came across a large number of beached marine organisms. Now, you maybe thinking these are jellyfish, but you would be wrong. Along with delivering a painful sting, the Portuguese Man O' War is actually a siphonophore (for more information visit this wikipedia entry).
The site was about a mile away from where we were able to park, so it took us a bit of a stroll to make it.
Slowly, we are getting closer, and now you can see the beach dune site (on the left), and the outcropping of rock (on the right). This rock outcropping actually marks the former location of a fresh water river. The availability of fresh water and the accompanying marine resources would have been the primary reasons the Native Americans lived in this area.
Turning to the beach dune, I think these photos give you an idea of both the composition, and the sheer size of this section of the Spanish River Complex.
Moving in closer still, you can see a pathway up the dune, which is clearly frequently used judging by the footprints. However, at the top of this climb is a very clear No Trespassing sign, so I did not venture on. I hope in the future our group has permission to walk the surface of this site to confirm that no looting is going on.
So, I was standing at the top of the climb, right in front of the No Trespassing sign, and I decided to shoot one photo looking out to the ocean and one looking in at the site itself. I must admit that I liked the ocean view better.
Along this beach dune are a number of houses. Infact, as you can see there is evidence of older houses (the overgrown stairs on the left) and newer houses (on the right).
Next up, here is a view of the locality from the opposite direction.
The rock outcropping is quite visually stunning; the combination of the shapes, colors, and the waves breaking over it gives a tranquil respite from the outside world.
Finally, on the way back down the beach, we came across this half buried sign, and we wondered if this is going to be an archaeological find for the future.