Discover the Historical Naples Indian Canal!
A team of archaeologists, including Bob Carr from the Archaeological & Historical Conservancy, followed a backhoe as it dug trenches for a new water line in downtown Naples.
The man-made Indian Canal has been known to scholars since the nineteenth century when it was documented by a survey in 1874.
After months of digging, the backhoe uncovered the Indian Canal at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Gulfshore Boulevard South on November 10, 2011.
Archaeological technician Scott Faulkner scurried into the eight foot deep hole & secured a soil & wood sample that would allow archaeologists a means to obtain a radiocarbon date.
The sample’s oldest organic fraction had an intercept of AD 1670, with newer intercepts dating up to modern times.
Because the sample was recovered from about 1.5 feet above the canal bottom, it’s estimated the canal itself may have been dug around circa AD 1200-1400, when the area was likely under the dominion of the Calusa Indians.
Archaeologists hope to be able to conduct an archaeological dig on a portion of the Indian Canal on city-owned property.
They 1st want to use ground-penetrating radar to dial in the precision location, and then follow up with a controlled dig that will allow more documentation on the exact age of the Indian Canal and its historical significance.
The expert team, working alongside the Naples Backyard History organization, will request that historic markers be placed along the Indian Canal to mark and showcase its path.
* Locating the canal was aided by maps from Mr. Turrell’s book “Naples Waterfront History – Changes in Time.”
** Radiocarbon dating funds provided by Mr. Todd Turrell, Mrs. Lavern N. Gaynor, & NaplesBackyardHistory.org