Archaeology is the scientific study of material remains of past human life and activities. Archaeological sites are places where people left some sign of their presence. This typically means that artifacts, things people made or modified, are present. However, sites can also include changes in the land—a ditch, a levee, a mound.
Starting in 1978, the City conducted a targeted archaeological survey within three (3) designated areas of the city. In 1987, a citywide archaeological survey was performed using literature review, informant interviews, predictive modeling, and field testing. The results included the creation of a site inventory and location map, assignment of levels of archaeological sensitivity for the various sites, and recommendations for managing the identified archaeological resources. These determinations were subsequently reinforced within the 1991 publication titled City of St. Petersburg, Florida, Archaeological Resources Management Plan (“Management Plan”).