Florida Archaeology Month 2017

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It is that time of year again! We have already been super busy with events that celebrate Florida’s rich archaeological heritage. We kicked off this year’s Florida Archaeology Month with our second annual Archaeology Advocacy Day at the state capitol. The Florida Public Archaeology Network has a ton of events lined up across the state throughout March. You can find events in your region by visiting our website and checking out the events calendar for the FPAN office located near you.

Tristan Harrenstein, Public Archaeology Coordinator for the North Central Regional Center, at the second annual Archaeology Advocacy Day at the Florida Capitol.

Tristan Harrenstein, Public Archaeology Coordinator for the North Central Regional Center, at the second annual Archaeology Advocacy Day at the Florida Capitol.

If you are in the North Central Region, we have several very exciting events coming up.

March 18: Archaeology Day at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) from 10am to 4pm. Join us for exhibits and lectures that will be taking place throughout the day. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit the ANERR website.

March 25: Dash through the Past History Scavenger Hunt Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network for our first “Dash through the Past” history scavenger hunt in beautiful Port St. Joe! The hunt follows Port St. Joe’s walking trails and offers individuals or teams of two a chance to compete over a two-mile course for great prizes from local sponsors. Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park and the hunt begins at 10:00 am! There is no set route or order in which challenges must be completed. Prizes will be awarded based on both a team’s completion time and number of correct answers.  All ages are welcome; participants under 16 must have a parent or adult guardian participate. A donation of $10.00 includes a reusable aluminum water bottle!

March 28: Admiring the Hush Arbor from 7pm to 8:30pm at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Despite the incredible risk, enslaved people in America still resisted any way they could and are worthy of our admiration. Join us to hear from local experts and for poetry and traditional music, all framed by a traditional hush arbor.

You can also visit the Florida Archaeology Month website to learn about other events throughout the state and learn more information about Florida archaeology. This year’s poster focuses on the Mississippian cultural period and highlights various Mississippian archaeological sites throughout Florida. Lake Jackson Archaeological State Park is the featured site for the North Central Region. You can pick up your own poster and bookmark at any FPAN event throughout March or contact your local regional center to request one.

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