Marine Ecosystem Health

Old Vero Ice Age Site

Matt Ajemian, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

James Adovasio, Ph.D.
Program Director

James. M. Adovasio, Ph.D., D.Sc. achieved world acclaim as an archaeologist in the 1970s with his excavation of Pennsylvania’s Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Meadowcroft is widely recognized as one of the earliest well-dated archaeological sites in North America, with evidence of human habitation dating to ca. 16,000 years ago. Meadowcroft is also considered to be one of the most meticulous excavations ever conducted, anywhere. During his career, he has specialized in the analysis of perishable materials (basketry, textiles, cordage, etc.) and the application of high-tech methods in archaeological research. In recent years, his research has confronted another of archaeology’s mysteries by delving underwater to seek submerged evidence of early Americans off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, he is the principal investigator of the re-excavation at the Old Vero Ice Age Site in Florida. This Late Ice Age locality has figured prominently in the history of American Anthropology and promises to yield new insights into the behavior of the First Floridians. He is the author of more than 500 books, book chapters, monographs, articles, and papers which include “The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Pre-History,” “The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery,” and “Basketry Technology,” and most recently “Strangers in a New Land.”  Adovasio received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Utah. He is currently the Director of Archaeology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University. 


 For information on tours of and volunteering opportunities at the Old Vero Ice Age Site, visit the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee website by clicking here. 

Project Team

Andy Hemmings

Andy Hemmings, Ph.D.







John Duggan
Graduate Research Assistant 

John graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in History and Anthropology specializing in the Archaeological Sciences and Classical Cultures. He has worked as an excavator and a field supervisor of Etruscan and Roman Archaeology at the Poggio Civitate Field School and Archaeological Site near Siena, Italy. John began working as an excavator with the Old Vero Ice Age Site in 2014. He began his graduate degrees studying with Dr. James Adovasio at Mercyhurst University before transferring to Florida Atlantic University in 2016. He currently works as a Graduate Assistant working with the Old Vero Archaeological Project while he finishes his master’s degree in Anthropology. His research interests revolve around the study of prehistoric lithic material culture as it pertains to its change over time.

Allen Quinn
Vero Dig Archaeology Manager

David Pedler
Report Writer