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The Mass of Men’s IndieReader 2021 Discovery Awards Review!

Here’s your opportunity to get a FREE copy of one of my award-winning books!

The Body Blog’s IndieReader 2021 Discovery Awards Review!

Life and Death at Windover moves up to #44 on Kindle’s Top 100 Archaeology Books! (April 2021)

The latest review for The Mass of Men.

“The Mass of Men by Rachel K. Wentz is an action-packed story…an insightful read with interesting characters.

Review by Rachel Poli

The Mass of Men is an Indie Author News Featured Indie Book.

The Mass of Men becomes an IndieReader Approved and “Best Of” Book (2021).

The Mass of Men gets a cover update, thanks to Stuart Winslow.

Windover presentation for the Space Coast Chapter of the Master Naturalist Program, May 2017.

WINNER OF THE 2016 FLORIDA AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION SILVER MEDAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD IN ADULT NONFICTION!

Windover facial reconstruction

Facial reconstruction of Burial 125 from the Windover population at the Windover exhibit opening, Brevard Museum of History and Science. (November 2015)


Presenting a lecture on Chasing Bones: An Archaeologist’s Pursuit of Skeletons at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne, FL.

Interview with Joseph Crews for the Brevard Notes news program, Melbourne, Florida. (June 2014)

Interview with Joseph Crews for the Brevard Notes news program, Melbourne, Florida. (June 2014)

FHS Press publishes my first edited volume, tracing the evolution of archaeology in Florida.

Barnes & Noble picked up “Life and Death at Windover!” Thanks, Adrianna.

Interview with Jason Guy of WESH 2 News concerning the preservation of historic cemeteries in Florida.


Thanks to Scott and Jason from WESH 2 News for a great shoot!

Thanks to Scott and Jason from WESH 2 News for a great shoot!


Interview for the show, FOCUS, in Melbourne, FL, April, 2014.

Interview for the show, FOCUS, in Melbourne, FL, discussing the new FHSAI. ( April, 2014)

Interview for Orange County Scrapbook Show at the Orange County Regional History Center, discussing the significance of the Windover site. (April, 2014)

Interview for Orange County Scrapbook Show at the Orange County Regional History Center, discussing the significance of the Windover site. (April, 2014)

Taping a shoot for the Weather Channel, which focuses on the 1880s yellow fever epidemic in Florida.

Taping a shoot for American Supernatural on the Weather Channel, which focuses on the 1880s yellow fever epidemic in Florida (April, 2014). I provided the historic background for the City of Sanford.


Many thanks to Sirens Media for a great shoot.

Many thanks to Sirens Media for a great shoot (April, 2014).

Filming a segment for a History Channel documentary on early Native Americans.

Filming a documentary segment on the Windover Site for the History Channel.

Filming a segment on the Windover Site for America Unearthed on the History Channel (November, 2013).

Radio interview at the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences festival. (2013)

Radio interview at the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences festival. (2013)


My first novel, The Mass of Men, is published (2013).


My firefighting memoir is published by Michigan State University Press. (2013)


Assessing a burial mound on the St Johns River (Dec, 2013).

Fieldwork at Tomoka State Park with John Endonino and Kevin Gidusko. (2013)

Fieldwork at Tomoka State Park with John Endonino and Kevin Gidusko. (2013)


FHS Press publishes “Life and Death at Windover.” (2012)

Forensics presentation at the Orange County Regional History Center (2011).

FHS Press publishes my archaeology memoir. (2011)


First commercial publication in Archaeology Magazine (2011).


Assessing human remains at a site outside of St. Augustine. (2010)

Assessing human remains at a site outside of St. Augustine. (2010)


Graduating with PhD from Florida State University, 2006.

Graduating with PhD from Florida State University, 2006, being hooded by Dr. Glen Doran.


Excavating a cluster of butchered horse heads in Ukraine. (2006)

Excavating a cluster of butchered horse heads in Ukraine. (2006)


Analyzing the remains from a 2,000-year-old burial mound in Alexandropol, Ukraine (2006).

Analyzing the remains from a 2,000-year-old burial mound in Alexandropol, Ukraine (2006).

Excavating a site at Judith's Fancy on St Croix as part of a National Park Service project. (2005)

Excavating a site at Judith’s Fancy on St Croix as part of a National Park Service project. (2005)

Excavating a burial from the "Bowl Hole" at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England.

Excavating a burial from the “Bowl Hole” at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England (2004).


Promotion to Lieutenant. (1998)

Promotion to Lieutenant. (1998)

Working a building fire, Station 2's territory.

Working a building fire, Station 2’s territory.

Extrication training with OFD.

Working on a patient in downtown Orlando.

Photo courtesy of Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

Graduating from the Central Florida Fire Academy, Class #64. (1986)

Graduating from the Central Florida Fire Academy, Class #64. (1986)

Brevard Notes filming
June 3, 2014 at 6:30pm
Melbourne, Florida

Cemeteries as Living History symposium
June 21, 2014 at 9:00am
Historic Rossetter House Museum, Melbourne, Florida

How the Dead Died lecture
June 25, 2014 at 3:00pm
Maitland Public Library, Maitland, Florida

Florida on Fire lecture
June 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
Maitland Public Library, Maitland, Florida

WESH 2 News Interview – Historic Cemeteries in Florida
May 2, 2014 at 10:00am
Florida Historical Society, Cocoa, FL

FOCUS Interview Premier
May 5, 2014 at 8:00pm
Brighthouse Networks Channel 49

Archaeology of Death Lecture
May 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm
North Brevard Genealogy Society
Titusville Public Library, Titusville, FL

First in the Dirt: The Origins and Evolution of Archaeology in Florida
Florida Anthropological Society Annual Meeting
May 10, 2014
Punta Gorda, FL

The Intersection of History and Archaeology
Chair of Panel Discussion
Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting
May 22, 2014
Ft. Myers, FL

Weather Channel Special filming
April 8, 2014 at 9:00am
Sanford History Museum, Sanford, FL

Orange County Scrapbook filming
April 10, 2014 at 2:00pm
Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, FL

FOCUS TV program
April 14, 2014 at 6:00pm
Melbourne, FL

Searching Sand and Surf: The Origins of Archaeology in Florida presentation
April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy
South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL

Evidence for Medicine at the 7,000-year-old Windover Site
April 29, 2014 at 11:45am
Feilden Lifelong Learning Center
Indian River State College, Okeechobee, FL

Life and Death at Windover Lecture
March 8, 2014 at 10:30am
Polk State Archaeology Club
Polk State College
Winter Haven, Florida

Florida on Fire lecture
March 11, 2014 at 11:45am
Feilden Lifelong Learning Center
Indian River State College
Okeechobee, Florida

Archaeology of Death lecture
March 13, 2014 at 6:30pm
Merritt Island Public Library
Merritt Island, Florida

Exploring Ancient Florida lecture
March 15, 2014 at 11:00am
Women in Science
Orlando Science Center
Orlando, Florida

Archaeology of Death lecture
March 20, 2014 at 5:30pm
Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum
Loxahatchee River Historical Society
Jupiter, Florida 33469

Searching Sand and Surf Book Release
March 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
Florida Historical Society Archaeological Institute
435 Brevard Ave, Cocoa, Florida 32922

Florida on Fire lecture
February 5, 2014 at 10:00am
Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge Museum in Stuart, Florida

America Unearthed
February 8, 2014 at 9:00pm
History 2 Channel

Life and Death at Windover Book Signing and Lecture
February 8, 2014 at 11:00am
Town Hall of Melbourne Beach, Florida

Life and Death at Windover Book Signing and Lecture
Archaeological Institute of America, Jacksonville Chapter
February 15, 2014 at 12:00pm
Bldg. 51, Rm 1205
University of North Florida AAUW in Jacksonville, Florida

Chasing Bones: An Archaeologist’s Pursuit of Skeletons Lecture
February 18, 2014 at 11:45am
Feilden Lifelong Learning Institute
Indian River State College in Okeechobee, Florida

Amelia Island Book Festival
February 21 and 22, 2014
Featured Author and Panel Discussant
FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center 76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee

Life and Death at Windover Lecture and Book Signing
Jacksonville Historical Society
February 24, 2014 at 6:30pm
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Florida on Fire lecture
February 27, 2014 at 7:00pm
House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar in Stuart, Florida

Florida on Fire lecture
January 8, 2014 at 7:00pm
The Great Outdoors RV/Golf Resort in Titusville, Florida

Windover Lunch Lecture and Book Signing
January 11, 2014 at 11:30am
Indian River County Historical Society
305 Acacia Road, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Florida on Fire lecture
January 15, 2014 at 12:00pm
Mico Library
Brevard County Libraries in Sebastian, Florida

Florida on Fire lecture
January 17, 2014 at 6:00pm
Trout Lake Nature Center
520 E Cr 44 in Eustis, Florida

Life and Death at Windover presentation
January 18, 2014 at 10:30am
Central Florida Mensa Regional Gathering
Doubletree Hilton at Sea World, Orlando

Florida on Fire lecture
January 23, 2014 at 11:00am
Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Titusville, Florida

Exploring Ancient Florida lecture
January 28, 2014 at 11:45am
Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning
Indian River State College
Okeechobee, Florida

Exploring Ancient Florida
December 2 at 12:30
Brandeis National Committee
Palm City, Florida

Bones and Bodies
December 17 at 12:00pm
Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning
Indian River State College
Okeechobee, Florida

Windover Lecture
November 14 at 4:00pm
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky

Life and Death at Windover presentation
November 19 at 12:00pm
Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning
Indian River State College
Okeechobee, Florida

Florida on Fire lecture
October 10 at 7:00pm
Central Florida Anthropological Society
Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida

Exploring Ancient Florida lecture
October 12 at 4:00pm
Amelia Island Museum of History
Peck Center Auditorium in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Archaeology of Death lecture
October 19 at 2:00pm
Downtown Orlando Public Library, Orlando, Florida

Archaeology of Death lecture
October 25 at 7:00pm
“In the Dirt” Lecture Series
Florida Historical Society, Cocoa, Florida

Exploring Ancient Florida lecture
October 26 at 10:00am
Ormond Beach Historical Society
42 North Beach St, Ormond Beach, Florida

Life and Death at Windover lecture
September 4 at 10:00am
Jacksonville Museum of Science and History
Jacksonville, Florida

Windover Lecture
Military Officer’s Association of America
September 19 at 9:00am
Indian River Colony Club
Melbourne, Florida

Exploring Ancient Florida lecture
September 21 at 1:00pm
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Daytona Beach, Florida

Florida on Fire lecture
Native Plant Society
September 25 at 6:30pm
Enchanted Forest in Titusville, Florida