Friday, March 4, 2011

Celebrate Florida Archaeology Month at our State Parks

There are several great sounding events throughout the state. Check it out:

Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy, FL

Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This festival will introduce visitors to primitive arts demonstrations in flint knapping, projectile point fashioning, deer hide tanning and bone, wood and antler carving. $4 per vehicle, up to eight people.


Crystal River Archaeological State Park in Crystal River, FL

Friday, March 18, 8:00 p.m.

The prehistoric mounds at this state park are thousands of years old. Underneath the moonlit sky, join an experienced guide to learn more. Friday tours cancelled by weather will be held on the following Saturday; same time. Donations accepted.


T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe, FL

Friday, March 18, 6:00 p.m.


Constitution Convention Museum State Park, Port St. Joe, FL

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn about the history of Port St. Joe. Archaeologist Della Scott-Ireton of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, University of West Florida, will lecture on Archaeology of Northwest Florida at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park visitor's center on Friday, March 18. Bring your own lawn chair. On Saturday, March 19, Della and fellow archaeologists from the University will set up displays at Constitution Convention Museum State Park. You are invited to ask questions about the archaeological history of the area and may bring items of antiquities for identification. FREE for participants.


Faver-Dykes State Park, St. Augustine, FL

Saturday, March 19, 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us for a hands-on Native American experience and discover the life ways of the Timucuan Indians and their relationship to the land that they loved. Explore with an expert guide and enjoy stories about the Timucuans and the important role the river, forest and ocean played in their everyday lives. See a 1500s Timucuan Camp and experience the food, clothing and shelter of these amazing people. Try your hand at throwing an atlatl or starting a fire using a bow and drill. $5 per vehicle, up to eight people.


Silver River State Park, Ocala, FL

Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This weekend event will feature flint knappers from across the Southeast making stone tools like the Native Americans did thousands of years ago. Visitors can watch as stone tools are created from various flints. Other artists and crafters will demonstrate how bows and arrows are made, hide tanning, pottery manufacture and firing, how to make shell tools, fire making and more. Vendors will sell replica stone tools and other creations. Archery and atlatl dart-throwing demonstrations will take place both days. Admission is $5 per person; children under six and active U.S. military personnel are free.


Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Jacksonville, FL

Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.

Explore the park’s natural environment and discover the importance of the wildlife and vegetation that is part of north Florida’s barrier islands. The Talbot Islands have a rich cultural history that dates back more than 5,000 years. Join a park ranger for a look into these past cultures and the artifacts they left behind. FREE.

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