A few days ago, a Facebook friend asked if there were any landmarks in north Brevard attributed to Native Americans. In a sense, there is. The Windover Pond is where, in the early 1980s, a backhoe operator digging in a bog found a human skull which led to the discovery of the remains of 168 prehistoric people who made their home in Florida 7,000 years before there was a Florida. That means they were living here 2,000 years before Egyptians planned pyramids and 5,000 years before Christ was born.
But what's even more amazing in this archaeological discovery is that the remains were almost perfectly preserved by the neutralized peat – so perfect that the brains of some of these people were still intact. With that, scientists conducting DNA testing beleive that these people had European roots, arriving in North America via the Bering Land Bridge some 12,000 years ago.
Among the many videos about the discovery is one on YouTube that encapsulates the discovery and preservation of the site. To really see what happened here and why this stunned the world’s scientific community, plan to visit Cocoa's Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, the official exhibitor of the Windover story. A simulated dig site has been constructed here, and you’ll see art and artifacts that help tell the story of a people who lived and died thousands of years ago.
Cocoa is already a wonderful place to visit. The story of these people make it even more worthwhile.