Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's nearly here people, Florida Archaeology Month! 

The doctor will be in!

March begins next Tuesday and with it the official start of our month to celebrate archaeology.  This year's theme is native use of plants and seeds.  To kick things off, Dr. Michele Williams from FPAN-SE will be giving a lecture, "Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining Out in South Florida" co-hosted with the St. Augustine Archaeology Association Tuesday night at 7 pm in the Flagler Room at Flagler College.

But that's not all!  Wednesday, March 2, we start the first in our nine part "Archaeology: It's Out There!" series featuring archaeologist Chris Newman, reviving her Tour de Guana offering!  Join us at 11 am at the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuary Research Reserve (affectionately called the NERR) for a welcome before we hit the trail and bike back into Florida's Menorcan, British, and prehistoric past.  Want to know what to expect?  Check out our sneak peek video with footage from our last visit to the preserve.  For your troubles we have special prizes for the bikers who come out to show their archaeological support (hint, it's for your bike!).

Never ones to rest on our laurels, we'll be back out Saturday, March 5th at 11 am at Camp Milton in Jacksonville.  We will meet participants and talk archaeology before biking back to location of the Civil War earthworks, discussing native plant and seed use during prehistoric and historic times.

New earthworks constructed at Camp Milton.

These and many more events are going on in our region.  Check back frequently to our Center's program/events page, FPAN homepage for other regional events, or for statewide activities visit the Division of Historical Resources official FAM 2011 webpage.

Amber and Sarah on a prelim run of the ride at Ravine- See you soon!

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