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Archive for 2017
International Archaeology Day is coming up on Saturday, October 21st! The Archaeology Institute of America (AIA) started the day in 2011 as National Archaeology Day with fourteen groups officially joining as Support Organizations. Although lacking in preparation time and resources, this inaugural event still took place in 38 U.S. states and 4 Canadian Provinces. The event increased in scope yearly and by 2016, International Archaeology Day was a worldwide happening. In 2016, there were events in 700 countries organized by 530 Collaborating Organizations!
|International Archaeology Day celebrant|
|FPAN's 4th Annual International Archaeology Day Pub Crawl|
|FPAN's 3rd Annual International Archaeology Day Pub Crawl|
AIA Jacksonville Society and Beaches Museum will present the fourth annual International Archaeology Day Fair on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jacksonville Beach. FPAN will be volunteering at this event and we hope to see you there!
To find an event near wherever in the world you may be next week, check out the AIA's International Archaeology Day Calendar.
In our neck of the woods, there is an AIA Society in Jacksonville, FL and an AIA Society of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). You can check and see what lectures and events they're sponsoring.
Text by FPAN Staff: Robbie Boggs
Photos by FPAN Staff (with exception of International Archaeology Day logo by AIA)
Learning Scientific Photogrammetry
|Figure 1. Getting started with some overview lectures on day 1 of training.|
|Figure 2. Setting up a photogrammetry project in one of the MCI digital imaging labs.|
|Figure 3. MCI digital photography expert pulls out all the stops on data collection.|
|Figure 4. Learning streamlined processing techniques.|
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We challenge you to get out to your local historic cemeteries to check on them. How do they look after Hurricane Irma? How do they look compared to last year? Join us on a dash to see how many cemeteries we can monitor during the month of October!
Step One: Become a Scout! Click here for the online application.
Step Two: Find a site. You can use our handy Florida Historic Cemeteries and Sea Level Rise map.
Step Three: Fill out the monitoring form. Click here for the online version and here for a printable format.
Step Four: Snap off some photos of each cemetery and send them to email@example.com with the name of the site included.
Step Five: Repeat!!
For more information on the Cemetery Dash, check out last year's blog post. For more information on HMS Florida, please visit our website.
Text and images by Emily Jane Murray, FPAN Staff.
Sarah Miller: Old Stone Warf, New Smyrna Beach
Emily Jane Murray: Shell Bluff Landing, GTM Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach
Robbie Boggs: San Sebastian Cemetery, West Augustine
Words and images by FPAN Staff members where noted.
|Hurricane Irma, as seen from NASA's Space Observatory. (Photo Credit: NASA)|
1. Stay safe!
mindful of hazards from storm damage, including downed trees, hanging limbs, downed power lines, standing water, debris and more. If you are unsure if the area is safe, do not enter it. Take a photo from outside of cemeteries or from the perimeter of archaeological sites. Many managed areas like State and National Parks are still in the process of clean up and have not reopened. Be patient - we'll be able to get to all of these places in due time.
If you're not a scout, click here sign up today! Check out our blog series on how to monitor sites. Read about your local sites. Brush up on your artifact identification with our handy guides. Practice your mapping skills. Make a list of sites that were potentially impacted. Get ready to hit the field for more monitoring! Many managed areas like State and National Parks are still in the process of clean up and have not reopened. Be patient - we'll be able to get to all of these places in due time.
3. Check on a historic cemetery.
Historic cemeteries took a lot of damage last year Historic Cemetery map to find a few nearby.
from downed vegetation - and with stronger winds in Irma, the impacts could be even greater. You can cruise by your local historic cemetery or use our
4. Revisit sites you have monitored before.
Part of monitoring is tracking changes over time and understanding how things like storm events affect sites. We encourage you to back to sites you've previously monitored to see what impacts they experience. Even if the site looks the same, it's still important to document no changes. So don't forget to snap those photos! If you're unsure of which sites you've monitored, send us an email and we can give you that information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Stay tuned in.
Clean up takes time. Some impacts won't be noticed for weeks or even months still. We're still checking in with partners and will be sending updates and calls-for-action as they're needed. So keep an eye out for Scout emails, visit EnvArch for opportunities to help or follow your favorite parks or museums on social media to track their recovery process.
We'll be posting weekly updates from the field as we check on sites in northeast and central Florida. Visit the blog to see some of the sites we visit, or drop us a note about a site you monitor to be included.
Words by Emily Jane Murray, images by Emily Jane, Robbie Boggs and Sarah Miller, FPAN Staff, unless otherwise noted.
|Click here to view Tidally United 2017 program. (Photo: FPAN SW)|
No one was home earlier this month as we traveled to Hollywood, Florida to attend the 2nd annual Tidally United Summit. Reporting to you with another installment of Conversations about Conferences to fill you in on where we are when we're not in the office!
Sarah: In good ways I expected very little. I was so happy to see the event go on and the new organizers make it totally their own. I knew it would be a fun reunion of archaeologists and climate change minded preservationists. I was very curious to see how the hosts, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, wanted to be involved and what their take on the topic would be. There was no native presence last year, and with the summit in south Florida this year I was over the moon to hear of the partnership. I was also excited to see familiar faces, like Tom and Joanna of SCAPE coming over from Scotland as well as other archaeologists from Florida and the southeast.
Sarah: Wow, where to start. The Seminole and Miccosukee presence was my favorite part of the Summit, safe to say both years combined! They shared so much with us. It wasn't just that they supported the Summit by giving us an event venue. Their ambassadors welcomed us, they fed us, they shared from the heart and from their minds very clearly how climate changes are a part of their daily lives. I was really blown away by Jr. Miss Seminole Princess Kailani Osceola's commitment to be at the Summit, get up in front of our group to speak, and it was an amazing way to bring the youth into the room to not just observe but stand up and participate in this issue. Betty Osceola spoke from the heart on the panel in the afternoon. She gave such a personal, deep time perspective of what is happening to the land and how it impacts how people meet their basic needs. I thought of her words often the next day as we did the wet walk in the Everglades. Their present flooding situation is the future of the rest of Florida. They are living it now and making very intentional decisions to stay and stand up for the land.
|My hero: Betty Osceola, member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan.|
|Kailani Osceola, Jr. Miss Florida Seminole Princess|
|Samuel Tommie, member of Seminole tribe Bird Clan|
|Joe Frank, Big Cypress Representative, Seminole Tribe Board of Directors|
Paulette McFadden from Florida's Bureau of Archaeological Research presents her poster on the Garden Patch site, Margo Schwadron from the Southeastern Archaeological Center (NPS) sharing a moment with Betty Osceola on the afternoon panel, ladies of FPAN (Emily Jane Murray, Kassie Kemp, and Rebecca O'Sullivan) share HMS Florida case studies from around the state.
|Livestream provided by Seminole Media Productions, click to view all segments.|
EmJ: So we attend a lot of conferences in a year - what from this Tidally United will you bring back to the public for their benefit?
Sarah: All of it! Full day of presentations, seconds at lunch, poster sessions, and both tours on Saturday. Everglades National Park sponsored our wet walk through several tree islands. Holy smokes! I was so scared about gators, snakes, and heat; but I felt it was important to support all parts of the Summit and I'm so glad I did. I will never ever think of the Everglades the same and it was an honor to experience the environment this close up.
After the wet walk, we drove over to Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum for a tour and meeting with Daniel Tommie. Meeting is not the right word, more to say we were welcomed by Daniel at his family clan camp. After, Samuel Tommie addressed the group in the auditorium to share music. Joe Frank brought the tour to a close but continued to meet with us into the night at the Billie Swamp Safari where an international conversation took place over heritage, shared challenges, and the short sightedness of many modern attempts to manage the land.
If you have not been to theAh-Tah-Thi-Ki museum before, now is a great time to go. They are celebrating 20 years of service to the community and have many special exhibits and events planned.
Have you ever been dragged along to a heritage site, expecting to be bored to death but instead were fascinated? Or conversely, perhaps you dragged someone along expecting to be enraptured but instead kept checking your watch?
A good interpreter makes all the difference!
The mission of FPAN is "to promote and facilitate the conservation, study and public understanding of Florida's archaeological heritage". So, in a nutshell, our job is attempting to get people to care about Florida's thousands of archaeological sites, especially those located in their own backyards (theoretically speaking, but perhaps at times literally!)
National Association of Interpretation (NAI) guides us in how to get this message across. NAI is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation in the United States, Canada, and thirty other nations. All FPAN staff have gone through NAI training and are Certified Interpretive Guides.
Ultimately, we don't want to just provide information, but aim to engage our audience and advance them along the continuum from "Dragged Along" closer to "Stewardship."
|Literally torn from NAI's Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workbook|
Freeman Tilden was the first person to formalize the principles of effective interpretation in his book "Interpreting our Heritage" (1957).
Tilden's book is basically the interpreter's bible. In it, he breaks down interpretation into six principles:
If you've made it this far in the blog, you most likely are already aware of the educational opportunities on our FPAN website and that you can become a heritage steward through our HMS (Heritage Monitoring Scouts) Program.
Now, if you have three minute to spare, watch "Kevin" attempt to hit Tilden's six principles of interpretation but miss the mark on a few of them (for your viewing enjoyment, just click on the link below the picture)....
Text by FPAN Staff: Robbie Boggs
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