Indian River Anthropological Society
IRAS, founded in 1965, is a nonprofit organization comprised of professional and avocational archaeologists interested in the preservation and interpretation of Florida’s cultural heritage, especially the Indian River area. This area was the home to a group of Native Americans named the Ais (or Ayes) by early Spanish explorers. This region includes Volusia, Brevard, and Indian River Counties.
Members of the IRAS conduct organized archaeological surveys and excavations where needed. In some cases, sites have been or are in the process of being destroyed. In these cases, we salvage valuable information before all evidence is obliterated. IRAS also assists universities, professional archaeologists, preservation groups, and museums undertaking intensive examinations (excavations) of sites. We are dedicated to educating the public about Florida’s prehistory and members have given presentations to the general public, school groups, and participated in the annual Florida Archaeology Month events.