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The First Floridians conference will run from October 4 through October 6. It will be held in Monticello at the historic Opera House. There is no charge for registering for this conference, which can be done via the conference
The Historic Monticello Opera House, the location of the First Floridians Conference.
website, www.flirstfloridians.com. This conference will discuss the early people of Florida, including the Apalachee of Jefferson County. It will also touch on the coming of the Spanish and the local mission sites. One presentation will explain how the diversity of plant life in the Aucilla Basin attracted and fostered settlement throughout the ages. It will also examine how remnants of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Muskogee (Creek) Tribe of Florida formed.
Speakers will include Dr. Mary Glowacki, Florida’s State Archaeologist; Neil Wallis of the Florida Museum of Natural History; Barbara Hines of the Florida Public Archaeology Network; Glen Doran, Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair at Florida State University; Harley Means, Assistant Florida State Geologist; James Dunbar, retired Archaeologist with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research and many other knowledgeable professionals.
On Saturday, October 6, the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee will be co-hosting a Public Archaeology Education Day from 9:30am to 5pm on the ground floor of the Monticello Opera House. This is an opportunity for the public to learn various ways to get involved in local archaeological and historic preservation. The public is also invited to bring any artifacts that they may have found on their property. Archaeologist from various organizations in the area will be on hand to help identify any artifacts brought in. Please be mindful of the local, state and federal laws when collecting artifacts. It is unlawful to collect artifacts from state or federal lands or on lands which you do not have permission to do so. Additionally, please remember that artifacts can only tell us so much. It is the context in which it is found that can provide us with the most information. Before you do remove an artifact from your garden or yard, consider taking a second to take a photograph of it before you remove it and perhaps making its location on a map. You can use a common item, such as a coin, as a scale simply by placing it next to the item in the photograph. This will help us possibly provide more information about the potential archaeological site that exists on your property and you will be helping archaeologists contribute to our understanding of our state’s great history.
We hope that you will consider joining us for what is sure to be a wonderful conference. Monticello is a beautiful location for such a conference, as the town has such a rich history. So while there, be sure to take some time to explore local sites.
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Barbara Hines, blog author, visiting Ft. McHenry.
This past week I met up with historical archaeologists from around the world in Baltimore for the 45th Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. The first lecture I
Original cross brace of the flag pole at Ft. McHenry, discovered by archaeologists.
attended was the keynote speaker, Eamonn P. Kelly, who is keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland. He is in charge of the Irish Archaeological Collections and gave a wonderful talk titled, “Secrets of the Bog Bodies”. I attended multiple paper sessions throughout the week, some on terrestrial archaeology and others on underwater topics. Session topics ranged from the public interpretation of shipwrecks (where Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, Director of FPAN Northwest, unveiled the SSEAS program, which stands for Submerged Sites Education and Stewardship program) to the African Diaspora in a Global Context (where Monica Beck, with UWF, gave a paper on the Ormans and Merchantilism in the Port of Apalachicola. Many will remember Monica from the Orman House project). In addition I attended a great session titled, “Three-Minute Material Culture Forum: Artifacts and Identities”. During this panel each speaker has three minutes to discuss an artifact and what we can learn from it. After every five or so speakers there is time for group discussion. It was a great session and I thought it was such an innovative way to get a glimpse into archaeology from around different areas around the world! Don’t worry, I am keeping this format in mind for future public outreach events in the North Central region!
In addition to all the paper sessions, I attended the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) meeting. As a member of the committee, the social media liaison for the
The Baltimore Civil War Museum
committee and the liaison to the Public Education and Interpretation Committee (PEIC), I had a lot to discuss! If you like this blog, you should also check out the SHA blog to see what they have going on! The blog has just been launched, so there is a ton of brand new content! Speaking of the PEIC, they put on a phenomenal Public Archaeology Day at Fort McHenry. While there I had the chance to explore the fort and learn all about the history of the Star Spangled Banner! Becky O’Sullivan, FPAN intern at our West Central office, joined me on the tour. After that, we took some time to see other historic sites throughout the city of Baltimore. There is a ton of history in Baltimore, more than I could see in half a day! We stopped in at the Baltimore Civil War Museum; saw the Phoenix Shot Tower (where lead shot used to be manufactured); scoped out the Civil War Battleship, Constellation; visited the historic cemetery where Edgar Allen Poe is buried, and toured the historic neighborhood located throughout Baltimore. Of course, no tour of Baltimore would be complete without eating some crab! So for lunch, Becky and I stopped in at one of the many seafood restaurants in Baltimore and had ourselves a delicious crab cake! All in all, I would say that the 2012 SHA Conference was a great success
Edgar Allen Poe's grave marker at his original grave site.
and I came home with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed appreciation of our country’s history!