The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s ever growing archaeological collections give a comprehensive look at what life was like in Florida over the span of thousands of years. The Collections staff preserves and curates over 310,000 objects that have been carefully recovered through archaeological surveys on the Seminole Tribe’s reservation lands. The collections not only include the physical artifacts, but also include documents, field notes, photographs, and a database that supplements these invaluable resources. For research inquiries, please contact the Collections Manager.
Visit our Artifact of the Month page to view artifact highlights from the collections!
"The Future of archaeology is in excavating the collection." --Terry S. Childs (2004)
The Seminole Site File and Tribal Register of Historic Places
The Collections Section is also responsible for maintaining the Seminole Site File, a repository for the tribe’s cultural resource information (i.e. archaeological sites, traditional cultural properties, historic buildings and structures). The Site File provides the Tribe the ability to manage its extant cultural resources in an appropriate manner, and has broad implications for its cultural and economic well-being. The Site File also includes the Tribal Register of Historic Places (TRHP), the top tier of the Site File. While the TRHP has several similarities to the National Register of Historic Places, it’s criteria for the preservation of exceptionally significant sites has been tailored to meet the specific needs of the Tribe.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is a federal law that was passed in 1990 to provide a process for museums and federal agencies to return certain Native American cultural items -- human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony -- to lineal descendants, and culturally affiliated Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. The Collections and Compliance staff works together with cultural advisors, the Tribal Council and museums across the country to bring tribal ancestors home.
Ms. Domonique deBeaubien
Ms. Kate Macuen
Dr. Paul Backhouse
Ms. Anne Mullins
Mr. Bradley Mueller
Chief Justice Willie Johns
Mr. Bobby Henry
Meet the Collections Team! (From left to right)
Domonique deBeaubien, Deanna deBoer, Sam Wade, and David Scheidecker
For more information, please contact the Collections Staff:
Additional Note: Please do not mail artifact donations of any kind to the Tribal Historic Preservation Office or Collections Staff. Donations are meticulously regulated by Tribal Policy and cannot be received through mail. If you have any questions about the donation of artifacs, please contact the Collections Manager directly. Thank you for your understanding.
Domonique received her BA in Art History with a minor in Archaeology and her MSc in Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology from the University College London. She has been with the THPO since 2011.
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Hailing from Long Island, New York Sam earned her BA in Anthropology from Oneonta State College. She moved to Florida in 2011 and received her MS in Forensic Studies with a concentration in Human Identity and Trauma Analysis from Florida Gulf Coast University. Sam has been with the THPO since 2017
Deanna de Boer
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Originally from Washington state, Deanna received her BA in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Washington in 2014. Most of her field experience is in the Upper Great Basin/Columbia Plateau region researching lithic and geoarchaeological analysis. Deanna has been with the THPO since 2017
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Dave graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in History, and from Texas Tech with a Master's in Anthropology. He has worked on historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in Texas, Ecuador, and Zimbabwe before returning to Florida. Dave has been with the THPO since 2015.