Did you know that the Tampa area was once home to an advanced Native American civilization? Did you know that the remains of this civilization still exists and that you can visit its ruins at several locations around the city? Click on “View the List” below to take a tour of these ancient ruins:
Safety Harbor Mound
The Safety Harbor Site is an archaeological site in Safety Harbor, Florida, United States, located in Philippe Park at 2355 Bayshore Drive. It is the largest remaining mound in the Tampa Bay area, and is believed to have been the “capital city” of the Tocobaga. It is the type site for the Safety Harbor culture. The site consists of the large 20-foot (6.1 m)-high temple mound, one smaller burial mound and two shell middens. The site is open to visitors during the daylight hours. In addition to the mounds, the site holds walking paths, picnic areas, a boat ramp, fishing, and scenic views.
Safety Harbor Museum
The Safety Harbor Museum features artifacts recovered from the ancient Native American civilizations that once inhabited the Tampa Bay Area. You can see examples of pottery and tools left behind by this now extinct civilization.
Anderson Narvaez Mound
This Anderson Narvaez Mound is believed to be the site of a Native American civilization that met one of the earliest Spanish expeditions in the state of Florida, that of Panfilo de Narvaez.
The Oelsner Mound in nearby New Port Richey was home to an ancient Native American civilization known as the Weeden Island culture. It thrived here around 1000 AD. Only one mound survives at this site and is believed to have been a temple mound upon which once stood a Native American temple.
Indian Village at the Pinellas County Science Center
The Indian Village at the Science Center of Pinellas County recreates a 16th century Native American village that was part of the ancient Calusa tribe. This tribe built some of the most impressive structures in all of Florida.
Weedon Island Preserve
The Weedon Island Preserve is the location where the first artifacts of an impressive ancient Native American civilization, the Weeden Island culture, were first discovered. The site features a museum that houses an interactive exhibit where you can see numerous examples of ancient Native American pottery and tools.
Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center features exhibits that reveal the ancient Native American civilizations that once inhabited the Tampa Bay area. Also features an extensive collection of Seminole artifacts.