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For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2011

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Cathy Guerra
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The Deering Estate at Cutler Hosts Archaeology Day


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Deering Estate at Cutler will host the 2011 "Archaeology Day" on Saturday, March 19th with expert lectures and walking tours of the historic Tekesta Trail to the Cutler Burial Mound! Activities and programs for the entire family will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free with regular admission - $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14).  A special thanks to Florida Public Archaeology Network, Archaeology Society of Southern Florida, and Miami-Dade County's Office of Historic and Archaeological Resources.

Schedule of events for Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 19th:
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Book Nook by the Bay "Archaeology"
    Enjoy family story time, on-site eco-arts and crafts, science programs and more!
  • 10:30 am
    Walking Tours of the Tekesta Trail
    Take a walking tour of the Tekesta Trail and visit the Cutler Burial Mound. Examine Tekesta Indian artifacts - rare reminders of a long vanished culture and a connection to our ancient past.
  • 2:00 pm: 1st lecture (45 minutes with time for Q&A after).
    Topic: "Digging up our Past"
    Have you always been interested in archaeology? Do you "dig" it? Learn about the archaeology in your own backyard with an emphasis on the wealth of archaeological resources in southeast Florida. Underwater and underfoot - archaeology is everywhere!

    Featured Speaker: Michele Williams, Ph.D., RPA
    Dr. Williams is the Director for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network. She has participated in digs throughout the southeastern United States for the past 20 years.  Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans.
  • 1:00 pm: 2nd lecture (45 minutes with time for Q&A after).

    Featured speaker: Bill Steele, Author & Archaeologist
  • 2:00 pm: 3rd lecture (45 minutes with time for Q&A after).
    Topic: "On the Trail of the Tekesta"
    The 10,000 years of prehistory at the Deering Estate will be discussed: beginning with the earliest documented human presence in southern Florida at the Cutler Fossil Site, and culminating in the creation of the Cutler Burial Mound circa A.D. 1400.

    Featured speaker: Archaeologist Robert S. Carr, Executive Director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc.
    In his 35 years of experience in South Florida, Robert S. Carr was Miami-Dade County Archaeologist and Director of the Historic Preservation Division, and has worked for the National Park Service and the State of Florida. Carr was co-discoverer of the Miami Circle, led investigations at Preacher's Cave in the Bahamas, and recently directed an extensive archaeological assessment at the Jupiter Lighthouse. He has a Master of Science Degree in Anthropology from Florida State University.
  • 3:30 pm
    Walking Tours of the Tekesta Trail
    Take a walking tour of the Tekesta Trail and visit the Cutler Burial Mound. Examine Tekesta Indian artifacts - rare reminders of a long vanished culture and a connection to our ancient past.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily with admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org.


 

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