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Community Pig Out at the De Soto Site

What Event
When December 7, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where 1001 DeSoto Park Drive, Tallahassee, Florida


For over 40 years, Florida State University’s (FSU) Anthropology Department has held an annual gathering to roast a whole pig in memory of the legacy for the department’s founding professors, Dr. Hale Smith. In 2013 FSU has partnered with the Florida Department of State and the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (P.A.S.T.) to bring this celebration to the community. The first community "Pig Out" is being held at the Governor Martin House, where archaeologists discovered evidence of the conquistador Hernando de Soto's 1539-1540 winter encampment. According to historical records, de Soto brought with him a herd of pigs, which may have been eaten during the first Christmas feast in what would become the United States - find out more here. The Pig Out will commemorate this historical event and will celebrate the Capital Region’s rich cultural heritage. This family friendly event will feature a mock archaeological dig, an atl atl spear throwing competition, traditional pottery and archery, artifact displays, and more. Plates of fresh roast pork and fixings will be $10 for adults and $4 for kids. Cash and check only please. Parking will be available at The Moon on East Lafayette Street.

About Hale Smith

Hale Smith was one of the founders of the FSU Anthropology Department. He discovered many sites throughout Florida and revolutionized understanding of our past. An outdoor sport magazine once asked Dr. Smith to demonstrate the ancient spear thrower, the atl atl, in a hunt. Dr. Smith agreed to participate, and much to his surprise, he quickly dispatched a wild pig during a hunting expedition. He was likely the first person to successfully hunt with an atl atl in Florida in thousands of years. After his passing, Dr. Smith's students, friends, and family began gathering and roasting a whole pig in memory of his legacy and the tradition continues today.

Hernando de Puerco sketch by Eduardo Miyar