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National Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. This year it will take place on Saturday, October 20th. These programs, on National Archaeology Day, provide the chance for the public to interact with archaeologists and learn about their local history and prehistory. In the North Central Region there will be several events. FPAN and the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research will have an educational booth at the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival that will include hands-on activities for children and adults and will be providing free information on history and archaeology in the region. Also, the Southeast Archaeological Center/National Park Service will have a family-friendly event at Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Park in Tallahassee.
Bring a picnic lunch, and learn about Archaeology by joining the Southeast Archeological Center and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks in celebrating National Archaeology Day! The Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) is proud to be co-hosting National Archaeology Day events at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park in conjunction with Florida State Parks, on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the park which is located at 3600 Indian Mounds Road, Tallahassee. The event will include activities for children and adults. A park admission fee of $3.00 per car applies.
Kid activities include Native American pottery making, archaeological mapping, an on-site archaeology lab, and spear throwing. Speakers include Dr. David Morgan, director of SEAC, and Joe Knetsch, Tallahassee-based historian, and others. Other booths and activities include Native American brass plate demonstrations, tours of the Florida State Parks central museum collection facility, artifact identification, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, US Forest Service and more. Additionally, Florida State Parks staff including archaeological and biological professionals will be on-hand to discuss interpretation and management of the site. Speakers will begin at 10:30 a.m. and tours will begin at 11:00 a.m.
National Archaeology Day on October 20 is sure to be a fun-filled day, with something for everyone this year! So head down to St. Marks for some delicious stone crab and archaeological fun, or pack a picnic and head to Lake Jackson Mounds to try your hand at the atlatl spear thrower! Hey, why not do both?!?! So mark your calendar now, because you won’t want to miss it!