Manasota were a people that are thought to have lived in southern Florida from the 5th Century B.C. and preceded the Safety Harbor culture, including around the Tampa Bay area. They disappeared mysteriously around the 8th or 9th century and were replaced other tribes from outside the area. Amateur archaeologist Harry Koran uncovered a 40-foot canoe on Weedon Island that is believed to be a Manasotan artifact. It estimated to be 1,100 years old. The manasota culture is believed to have a variant in the Weeden Island culture and is classified as such on the list of archaeological periods. This 'Weeden Island-related culture' is one in which typical Weeden Island pottery is found in mounds, but not in village middens."
- Kraig Becker 1100-year old canoe unearthed in Florida March 8 2011 Gadling (Huffington Post)
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