Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Central FloridaAnthropological Society (CFAS) became an established chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society in 1963. The mission is to support the preservation of Florida historic and prehistoric heritage1. CFAS also encourages public education of Florida archaeology and history. A key method of connecting with the public on anthropology topics is the monthly lecture series.

            The monthly lecture series is a way CFAS makes research in archaeology, and related fields, accessible to the public. These lectures explore all facets of the four main fields of anthropology: archaeology, linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. 

This past week the FPAN East Central region traveled to Orlando for the last lecture of the year. CFAS members and students joined in a discussion on 3D visualization and printing with Kevin Gidusko, Outreach Coordinator of the East Central region. Kevin spoke about technical applications of 3D visualization and printing in archaeological research, historical preservation, and education. 3D models of artifacts and animal bones were passed around throughout the audience. These models help preserve real artifacts and sites from degradation over years of handling by researchers. 

Kevin speaks to the audience.
Kevin passes around 3D models for the audience to handle.
Kevin answers a question from an audience member.
                Afterwards, CFAS members and students grouped around Kevin to ask questions and learn about the 3D models of archaeological sites documented on Sketchfab. The rest of the night was filled with friendly discussion and sharing of potluck dishes.

Kevin engages with students and CFAS members after the talk.

         Stay updated with upcoming lectures with CFAS here and follow their Facebook page! Become a member by applying online

Text and pictures: Caitlin Sawyer 


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