Staff Changes

After over 30 years in cultural resources management, SouthArc founding partner Martin Dickinson retired in September 2016.  Although now enjoying lots more time for fishing, boating and travelling, Martin remains available for occasional consultations.

Co-founder Lucy Wayne is now President/CEO of SouthArc.  Long-time graphics manager and senior archaeologist John Davidson has also become a shareholder.

Silver Springs Railroads

Silver Springs State Park-RR tracks-2014During recent archaeological monitoring at Silver Springs State Park, SouthArc was able to identify two of the original railroads that once ran from the City of Ocala to hotels and a wharf located at Silver Springs during the late 19th century.  Due to the cooperation of the construction crew, the railroad remains were preserved in place.

Sweet Cane

South Arc, Inc. - Sweet CaneLucy Wayne, Vice President of SouthArc, is the author of Sweet Cane: The Architecture of the Sugar Works of East Florida (2010). The book combines archaeological, historical and architectural research on eight sugar works sites located in Volusia and Flagler Counties in East Florida. These sites were built between the second half of the 18th century and 1835, but were destroyed at the beginning of the Second Seminole War of 1835-1842. Most were never rebuilt, and the sugar industry moved to other areas of Florida. The book provides a history and description of the sugar industry in Florida, a discussion of the impacts of technological changes on the sugar works, and a history and description of each of the eight sites. The book is available from the University of Alabama Press (, as well as through on-line book sellers.