Where does your money go?

100% of funds raised through your tax deductible KVAHC memberships and donations go directly toward the support of our educational research initiatives.  In the past ten years, KVAHC has provided hands-on archaeological educational experiences for over 200 high-school and university students.


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Notable Reasons to Contribute to the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy



In 2016, KVAHC awarded a $500.00 grant to an archaeology student. The Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeology Student Grant is presented each year to an aspiring archaeology student that attends the Florida Anthropological Society Annual Meeting. The beneficiary of this student grant is chosen at random from undergraduate and graduate conference attendees.

This student grant is named after Chuck and Jane Wilde who were founding members of KVAHC. Chuck and Jane were a retired couple that dedicated years of service and hundreds of volunteer hours toward mentoring students, documenting excavations and sorting artifacts in the KVAHC lab. Their commitment as KVAHC field and lab volunteers served to inspire others and stands as an exemplar example of ad-vocational archaeology.

The recipient of the annual Chuck and Jane Wilde Student Archaeology Grant must inform KVAHC as to how funds will be applied to enhance their archaeological education. Grant funds should be allocated toward archaeological pursuits such as tuition for a degree in archaeology, paid excavation or lab experience, or lab processing associated with student research. In the past, students have used money from the grant to pay for radiocarbon dates associated with graduate research and paid excavation opportunities at world famous archaeological sites such as the Topper Site in South Carolina. Your help is needed to support up and coming archaeologists and for KVAHC to continue offering this annual grant.


Top-notch archaeological data recovery requires professional expertise to guide student learning and ensure excellence. To this end, a portion of funds raised by KVAHC is applied to provide a daily stipend for professional field technicians and supervisors. These professionals work on their own and also train students and KVAHC volunteers providing them with a world-class hands-on learning experience. Funds raised for fieldwork are also apportioned to provide per diem for volunteers who aid in KVAHC excavations.


Stewardship of artifacts and samples for current and future generations represents a vital component of the research process. After artifacts and samples are recovered from the Blueberry Site, they are brought to the KVAHC lab space where they are sorted, dried, organized by context and placed in properly labeled archival bags in preparation for transfer to the Florida Museum of Natural History. On an as needed basis, a portion of funds raised by KVAHC is applied to provide a daily stipend for professional lab technicians (lab techs that have completed a university field school including lab training or have worked in an archaeology lab as a professional with a CRM Firm) and lab supervisors. These supervisors run their own lab projects and also work to train students and KVAHC volunteers providing them with a first-rate hands-on learning experience. Funds raised are also used to provide per diem for volunteers who aid in KVAHC lab processing.


Analyzing artifacts and samples is critical to enhancing what we know about cultural behavior from the past. KVAHC needs your help to pay for this vital, but costly processing! Analysis of KVAHC samples often involves outsourcing to labs where specialists comprise reports that provide critical details that cannot otherwise be attained. For example, to obtain a date from carbon material such as charcoal, seeds or organic residue, C14 dating (radiocarbon dating) is required and has been used as a primary source of evidence to construct the timeline of human occupation at the Blueberry Site.


From September to May, KVAHC has their monthly meetings at South Florida State College, which include guest speakers that are invited from across the State of Florida. This lecture series provides opportunities for students and KVAHC members to learn about current archaeological and historical research. A portion of funds raised for KVAHC is used to provide a stipend for monthly speakers. Past guest speakers include archaeological professionals such as Steve Koski, President of the Warm Mineral/Little Salt Springs Archaeological Society and Ryan Murphy (former Sarasota County Archaeologist).


For the past decade, professional archaeologists have represented KVAHC by presenting at archaeological conferences. These researchers have reported on KVAHC research focused on the Blueberry Site excavation. Previous conference presentations include titles such as the 2015 presentation which was titled “Analyzing Belle Glade Plain Manufacturing Trends Through Time at the Blueberry Site (Highlands County, FL) via Non-Destructive Trace Element Analysis” (by David S.B. Butler PhD, RPA and Robert H. Tykot, PhD.). In 2014, the conference presentation representing KVAHC was titled: “Presenting an Analysis of a Shell Artifact Sample from the Blueberry Site” (by David S.B. Butler PhD, RPA and Ryan Murphy, MA).

Your support is needed to continue this important undertaking by providing for related expenses such as conference registration and hotel accommodations for presenters. Engaging the archaeological community serves as an opportunity to educate others about KVAHC research, to learn from the research of others in the archaeological community and to promote research excellence to both professional and ad vocational archaeology conference attendees.