STUDENT PROFILE SPOTLIGHT
BRINNEN CARTER: One afternoon in the spring of 1988 two undergraduate Anthropology majors dropped by my office. Brinnen Carter and Robin Densen were excited about volunteering for the Aucilla River Prehistory Project. The project needed more divers for June. and these had archaeological experience, so I signed them on. I was impressed by their confidence and enthusiasm.
I will never forget Brinnen's arrival one day In June just about dinner time at our camp near Nutall Rise. His old Land Rover would have been interesting enough in its own right, but on its manifold he had wrapped a hunk of venison which exuded a mouthwatering aroma. Needless to say, he and his venison received hearty welcomes. Two weeks later we discovered where Brinnen had learned to pull off such gastronomic feats, for that is when his parents brought a fabulous Couscous dinner and cake for his birthday (June 15th). That summer and the next Brinnen and Robin worked very effectively on the various test pits that were developed at the Page/Ladson Site up on Half-Mile Rise.
Then Brinnen and Robin graduated; and he went off to Texas A&M to study with their great team of nautical archaeologists led by George Bass. I did not really expect to see him again at the Aucilla River. He pursued his Master's Thesis under Kevin Crisman, analyzing the armaments of the Boscawen, a ship sunk during the War of 1812. Then in 1991 Brinnen applied to the Ph.D. program at the University of Florida and rejoined the ARPP. We instantly agreed that he should take charge of the Bolen level at Page/Ladson, a level which he had helped uncover during his undergraduate days. The wealth of material on this late Paleoindian occupation level had been well dated, but would require lots of careful analysis; a perfect package for an archaeologist's dissertation. We were all delighted In June of 1992 to have Brinnen back on the site, and we enjoyed another of Brinly And Joan Carter's mid-June visits with birthday bounty. Tragically, however, Brinnen's father died that very weekend while he stayed at the Econfina River. We all miss him, and feel that our continuing the Aucilla Project honors his memory.
Another, much happier date in Brinnen's life is July 3, 1993 when he and Jennifer were wed in the First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, well attended by ARPP participants fresh from the river. Many of us (including Brinnen) had met Jennifer Castiglione the year before.
The rest of the story will be read in these and other pages, in which Brinnen will explicate the Bolen Culture. Jerry Milanich and the rest of his doctoral committee have great expectations.