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Junior Archaeologist and Florida State Parks Summer Camp

by Jason D. Moser

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) is pleased to announce the 2013 Junior Archaeologist and Florida State Parks Summer Camp at the Crystal River Preserve State Park. This year FPAN is collaborating with staff and volunteers from the Crystal River State Parks and the St. Martins Marsh and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve to offer two, one-week-long Summer Camp programs. The summer camps will introduce 7 to 11 year olds to a variety of interdisciplinary programs which will engage and educate Citrus County’s youth about archaeology, history, wildlife ecology, social responsibility, and respect for nature in a fun environment. Many of these educational programs fulfill Florida’s Sunshine State Standards for education.

Boat-building 101

Junior archaeologists will be introduced to the field of archaeology through a week-long program of tours, activities and games with archaeologists, park and aquatic preserve staff. During a tour of the Crystal River Archaeological State Park campers will be introduced to the prehistory of the region and learn about what it takes to be an archaeologist. They will participate in a wide variety of activities designed to explore the many different skills practiced by prehistoric people. They will learn about the technology of Florida’s prehistoric people such as making pottery and learning about the tools and weapons of ancient Floridians. They will learn about how archaeologists use these artifacts to understand the past.

Students will receive “hands-on” experience on a simulated archaeological excavation and participate in a field laboratory where they will learn information about the plants and animals used by the prehistoric people. Afterwards, they will assist University of South Florida (USF) archaeologists during field school excavations at the Crystal River site. Campers will be introduced to the importance of rivers and marshes in Florida while they learn about the regions watershed and its history. Our Campers will assist The Crystal River Boat Builders in the construction of a 1800s wood, sailing vessel. In this fashion they will be introduced to the different periods of human history in Citrus County, Florida. Finally, campers will learn about the Crystal River Preserve State Park and the importance of its ecology. They will participate in a guided exploration of the different ecosystems within the park. Campers will take tram rides out into the park to collect plants from different environments and then return to identify what they are. We will also take a boat tour on the Crystal River to view the habitats and wildlife that the Crystal River supports.

This year we are accepting twenty (20) applicants for each week. Camp hours are from 8:30 to 2:00 PM with a morning break for snacks and lunch. Campers need to bring their own bagged lunch and snacks. The camp is beginning to fill, so reserve your spot fast! Please call (352)795-0208 for more camp information.
The cost of this year’s camp will be $85.00 per camper per week (due at registration). If you are interested in having your child attend, please apply by May 28th, 2013. The first camp will run from June 3rd through the 7th and the second will run from June 10th through the 14th. Please contact Beth Blankenship, Bev Elliott or Jason Moser at 352-795-0208 or email us at blankenship@mail.usf.edu or jmoser1@usf.edu for more information. Applications will be available for download at http://flpublicarchaeology.org/crc/campRegistration.pdf.

The camp will be based out of Crystal River Preserve State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428

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Florida Archaeology Month 2013….Viva Florida 500

Florida Archaeology Month 2013 Poster

March is fast approaching …and that means that Florida Archaeology (FAM) 2013 is nearly upon us! Florida Archaeology Month is a celebration of 12, 000 years of Florida history and prehistory. The theme for this year’s Archaeology Month is Viva Florida 500: This theme was selected to mark the 500th anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival in Florida and his interactions with its indigenous people. From that point on, Florida has seen the arrival of many people of different nationalities and cultures. The archaeology of Florida’s diverse legacy begins at these distant points and continues into the present day.

As part of the celebration of Florida Archaeology Month a number of events have been organized throughout the state during March. A full listing of events and programs can be found on the events webpages of the regional centers of the Florida Public Archaeology Network or on the Viva Florida 500 website at http://www.vivaflorida.org/ designed to encourage Floridians and visitors to learn more about the archaeology and history of the state, and to preserve these important parts of Florida’s rich cultural heritage.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network is pleased to announce Florida Archaeology Month 2013 events within the FPAN Central Region:

March 2 & 3
Silver River Knap-In and Stone Age Arts Festival
This weekend long festival features expert flint knappers, archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers and other prehistoric skill specialists from across the eastern U.S demonstrating their arts for the public. Many of these specialized crafts, as well as food, will be available for purchase from vendors. Admission is $5.00 per person (kids under six and active U.S. military personnel admitted free). Free state park entry and parking. Please join the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center at the Silver River State Park on March 2-3, 2012 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For more information call (352) 236-5401 or visit www.SilverRiverMuseum.com.

March 3
Presentation: “The Archaeology of Travelers, Feasts and Coalescent Communities: Recent Research in North Florida.”
Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for an archaeology month presentation on prehistoric North Florida communities by Neill J. Wallis, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Archaeology. The presentation will be held at 2 p.m., Florida Museum of Natural History, Powell Hall-3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida. For more information email aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or call Amanda Harvey at 352-273-2062. This event is free and open to the public.

March 5
Presentation: Archaeology of Florida’s West Central Gulf Coast
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 please join Archaeologist Gary Ellis, the Director of Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) as he discusses the archaeology of the West Central Gulf Coast region of Florida. This presentation will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Crystal River Preserve State Park at 3266 North Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, Florida. This event is free and open to the public.

March 7
Archaeological Overview of the Seminole Wars in Hernando County
On Thursday, March 7, 2013 please join Archaeologist Gary Ellis, the Director of Gulf Archaeological Research Institute (GARI), as he presents an overview of the archaeology of Seminole Wars sites in Hernando County. He will also introduce his upcoming fieldwork at Bayport—a Civil War-era town. The presentation will be held at the monthly meeting of Historic Hernando Preservation Society at Brooksville City Hall at 201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville Florida (Northwest corner of Howell Ave (Main St) and Fort Dade Ave.). The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

March 9
The People, Places, and lands of David Levy Yulee’s Margarita Plantation
Homosassa Heritage Days allows guests to learn about Homosassa history from guest speakers and community members. Guest speakers such as Jason D. Moser, PhD, an archaeologist and historian with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will discuss David Yulee, a prominent sugar plantation owner, and the history of the Yulee Sugar Mill in Florida. Other guest speakers will discuss park history, animal attractions, and famous individuals who have influenced Homosassa. Please join us Saturday March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. For more information contact the Homosassa State Wildlife Park at 352.628.5343. These events are free and open to the public.

March 9
Presentation: An Overview of the Fort King Historic Area
Gary Ellis, Archaeologist, and Director of Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) will host a Meet and Greet at the Marion County Alliance from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. on March 9, 2013. He will give an overview of the Fort King Historic Area’s progress to date with the development of the historic park. Gary Ellis will have select artifacts from his excavations at the Fort King National Historic Landmark. This event is free and open to the public.

March 8-11
Crystal River Raid Civil War Reenactment
The 2013 Crystal River Raid will be held at the property of the Holcim Mine, located seven miles north of Crystal River (just south of the Barge Canal Bridge). Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and activities are continuous throughout the day, culminating in a clash of forces each afternoon at 2 p.m. The camps will remain open to the public until 4:00 PM each day. Education day will be held on Friday, March 8th. Reenactments for the general public will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th. Please consult the Schedule of Events for a more specific timetable. Entry donation is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students, ages 9 to 17. Children 8 and under are admitted free of charge. For more information on this event please visit http://crystalriverraid.org/

March 12
Lunch with an Archaeologist!
Bring your lunch and join the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) for a lunch discussion about archaeology at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. This event is an opportunity for an open discussion for those who wish to ask about local, regional, state, national or international archaeology. This discussion will be held at the amphitheater just east of Mound A at 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located at 3400 North Museum Pointe, just north of the Crystal River Mall. Drive North on U.S. 19 and turn left onto State Park Street and left onto Museum Pointe. This event is free and open to the public.

March 12
Science Café: Prelude to La Florida: The World of Ponce de Leon in the Spanish Caribbean, 1493-1513
Join Kathleen Deagan, Ph.D, Distinguished Research Curator of Historical Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History at Chef Brothers Custom Catering for an engaging conversation about Florida just before Spanish arrival. This event will be held March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Chef Brothers Custom Catering 5240 NW 34thStreet, across from the YMCA in Gainesville. To help plan for this free program (participants purchase their own food and beverage), please RSVP at least one week in advance of the café date. Include your name and the number attending by emailing aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or calling Amanda Harvey, 352-273-2062.

March 17 & 18
Fort Cooper Days
Fort Cooper State Park will host a Second Seminole War re-enactment and living history exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Re-enactments depicting the events that took place during the construction of the fort will be held twice daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Living History demonstrations will be held throughout the day including arts & crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, great food and refreshments. Admission: $6.00 donation – kids 12 years old and under enter for free. Visitors should arrive an hour prior to the reenactment times to ensure full viewing. Transportation is available for mobility impaired visitors. For more information call 352.726.0315.

March 19
Exhibit: Dugout Canoes: Revisiting an Exhibit
Discovery never ends! On Thursday March 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the Florida Museum of Natural History presents, Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the America in Powell Hall-3215 Hull Road-Gainesville. Join the Museum to learn about Florida canoes and explore new evidence, needs and concerns about the traveling exhibit. Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibit from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a lecture from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. by Donna L. Ruhl, Florida Museum Collections Manager of Florida Archaeology. This event is free and open to the public.

March 19
Presentation: Archaeology of Florida’s West Central Gulf Coast
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 please join Archaeologist Gary Ellis, the Director of Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) as he presents an overview of the archaeology of the West Central region of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This presentation will be held in the Conference Room at the Crystal River Preserve State Park at 3266 North Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, Florida from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

March 21
Lunch with an Archaeologist!
Bring your lunch and join the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) for a lunch discussion about archaeology at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. This event is an opportunity for an open discussion for those interested in local, regional, state, national or international archaeology. This discussion will be held at the amphitheater just east of Mound A at 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located at 3400 North Museum Pointe, just north of the Crystal River Mall. Drive North on U.S. 19 and turn left onto State Park Street and left onto Museum Pointe. This event is free and open to the public.

March 22
Exhibit and Tour: Crystal River re-Photography exhibit
Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), the Friends of Crystal River, Gulf Archaeological Research Institute, and the Florida Park Service on Friday, March 9th, 2013 from 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. for a re-Photography exhibit reception at Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Bring your old and new photographs of the park to share with others and aid in the collection of information for this prominent state park. This event is free and open to the public.

March 22
Moon Over the Mounds Tour
Join the Department of Environmental Protection’s Friends of Crystal River State Parks Citizen Support Organization for the final Moon over the Mounds Event of spring 2013. This event is a torch lit tour of the Crystal River site led by interpretive guides though the moon-lit mound complex. The Crystal River archaeological site is a world-famous pre-Columbian ceremonial center on Florida’s west coast. Travel back with us to AD 600 and learn about site history of this amazing archaeological site. The Moon Over the Mounds tour will begin at the Park Museum at 8:00 p.m. and end around 10:00 p.m. The park is located at 3400 North Museum Pointe, Crystal River is located just north of the Crystal River Mall. Drive North on U.S. 19, turn left onto State Park Street, and then left onto Museum Pointe. This event is free and open to the public.

March 23
Presentation: Shell Mound: An Update on excavations near Cedar Key
On Saturday March 23rd Dr. Ken Sassaman, Professor of Florida Archaeology; University of Florida Anthropology Department will give a presentation at the Cedar Key Community Center at 1 p.m. Please join the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge at the Cedar Key Community Center at 809 6th Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625 to hear Dr. Sassaman present the results of his most recent investigations of the archaeology of Shell Mound. For more information, call Pam Darty at the Refuge at 352.493.0238 x223. This event is free and open to the public.

March 23
Tour: Behind-the-Scenes: Florida Archaeology Collections Tour
On Saturday March 23rd join the Florida Museum of Natural History, at Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Road, in Gainesville from 1-4 p.m. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit the Museum’s archaeology collections in Dickinson Hall and meet with curators, collections managers, registrar and researchers who work with them.

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