The Jewels of Health Center is located about less than 5 miles from the Boynton Mound Complex.
I’ve started work with the Florida Archeology Association to reveal more about Earthwork sites in the Lake Okeechobee Basin consisting of linear ridges, crescents, mounds.
An immensely rich archaeological complex of circular mounds exits in South Florida though little is known about the large town sites east and south of Lake Okeechobee called Big Mound City, the large town site in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area called Big Gopher Archaeological Zone and the Boynton Mound Complex in a cypress swamp bordering Arthur Marshall National Wildlife Refuge (on raised land where sandy flatlands met marshland; burial and sand mounds, midden, and earthworks.) All three sites are now preserved under public ownership and combined, comprise nearly 200 acres — in which some archaeologists have credited more culturally adapted people with construction and then later used as ceremonial sites by ancestors of the Jaega.
Much of Palm Beach County was thinly occupied by the Jaega People, when the region was first visited by the Spanish in the late 1500s and early 1600s. They were linguistically related to the fierce Ais People living to the north. As hunters, fishermen and gatherers, they produced relatively little pottery and lived in simple huts, woven from saplings and palmetto leaves. They mostly foraged plant roots, nuts and berries and tubers (a small sweet pumpkin called the Calusa or Calabaza Squash) and drank a tea brewed from the cassina plant (Yaupon holly) which contains four times the caffeine of most coffee beans. This is a custom shared with many tribes in the Lower Southeast and with the Upper Amazon Basin.