What It Means to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout

16. Aug 2017



When I was a small child I always liked to play in the dirt in my parents back yard. I had often pretended to be a scientist that was looking for some sort of artifact. Whether it be a chest of gold or a shoe it didn't matter. In my case an old soda bottle left me with great excitement.

What It Means to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout - Florida
What It Means to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout - Florida

It wasn't until after moving to Florida that I realized the history of Florida contained a greater variety than anything I grew up with in Virginia. Florida contains many Native American mounds. These mounds are ancient in fact. We also have Pirate, Spanish and Cuban influences. My running thought was, "How am I able to experience all this?"

One day I came across FPAN, which is the Florida Public Archaeological Network. At FPAN I was able to sign up to be a lab volunteer. As a lab volunteer I began my new journey int the past.

What It Means to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout - midden mound remains
What It Means to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout - midden mound remains
I began with an amazing experience. I got to sit with a 1,000 year old midden mound. The mound contained garbage that Native Americans left behind. These mounds are huge. There are so many items to be found. You can sort through oyster, clam, and mussel shells. You will find small animal bones (mostly vertebrae). Finally there is the broken pottery.

As a lab volunteer I helped archaeologists tag and record the information from these mounds involving diet and day to day life of Native Americans. Here I was an adult playing in the backyard again. Of course my play contributed to our knowledge of human beings.

As a lab volunteer I uncovered for myself an opportunity where I could become a Heritage Monitoring Scout (HMS). I would be able to go out with real archaeologists and help them monitor sites. We would record things like vandalism, erosion, etc. I had to apply for this and thankfully I was accepted.

My husband and I have had the pleasure of going out with these folks to check some pretty interesting locations. Due to the sensitive nature of the type of locations we encounter and with respect, I am unable to specify where they are. I have, instead, enclosed a few snaps for your liking. These will give you an idea of what we were monitoring.

It has been a dream come true for me to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout. I am looking forward to more interaction and discovery. What a Wonderful privileged it is to see the past, today.

Verna Peddi - Heritage Monitoring Scout
Verna Peddi - Heritage Monitoring Scout


Essay - Journal by Verna Peddi, title: What It Means to be a Heritage Monitoring Scout, Original Date: 20170816 – © Verna Peddi / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 published 20170816.

Verna Paddi is a Heritage Monitoring Scout in Florida. She shares with us her vision and passion for the deep down desire to understand the past as it is our heritage.

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