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For Immediate Release:
March 02, 2012

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Cathy Guerra
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The Deering Estate at Cutler Hosts Archaeology Day in Celebration of Florida Archaeology Month


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
In celebration of Florida Archaeology Month, the Deering Estate at Cutler will host the 2012 Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Activities and programs for the entire family include educational activities, expert lectures and walking tours of the historic Tequesta Trail. Guests can also enjoy the fine art photography exhibit "Sacred Sites in South Florida: A Photographic Documentation" by Artist in Residence Thomas Daniel Burnikel. The exhibit is an exploration of historic and powerful places in our area.

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, Miami-Dade County's Office of Historic and Archaeological Resources, the National Park Service, Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., and the Everglades Outpost.

Florida's diverse history and prehistory stretches back over 12,000 years. Every March, statewide programs and events celebrating Florida Archaeology Month are designed to encourage Floridians and visitors to learn more about the archaeology and history of the state, and to preserve these important parts of Florida's rich cultural heritage.

Schedule of events for Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate at Cutler on Saturday, March 17th:

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Book Nook by the Bay "Archaeology"
In collaboration with the Miami-Dade Public Library System & Lynne Hudgins from Nature's Natives. Enjoy family story time, on-site eco-arts and crafts, science programs and more!

10:30 am: Walking Tour of the Tequesta Trail
Take a walking tour of the Tequesta Trail and examine Tequesta Indian artifacts - rare reminders of a long vanished culture and a connection to our ancient past.

12:00 pm: 1st lecture in the Stone House Ballroom
Topic: "The Archaeology of Everglades National Park"
Featured Speaker: Melissa Memory, Chief of Cultural Resources Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks

Melissa Memory, Chief of Cultural Resources at the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, will provide an overview of the rich archaeological resources of Everglades National Park as well as current research and management issues. For more information, please visit National Park Service - Archeology.

2:00 pm: 2nd Lecture in the Stone House Ballroom
Topic: "An Everglades Cultural History"
Discussion/book signing: Bob Carr, Executive Director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc.
The Everglades is a two million acre wetland ecosystem that reaches from central Florida, near Orlando, all the way south to Florida Bay. Dubbed the "river of grass", originally, the Greater Everglades Ecosystem had a large diversity of habitats connected by wetlands and water bodies. Since the 1800's, human actions have been altering the Everglades landscape.

Bob Carr's lecture will feature highlights of the history of the Everglades and his recently published book, An Everglades Cultural History - co-authored by Tim Harrington. There will be a book signing to follow.

Currently the Executive Director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., Bob Carr's career spans over thirty years. As Dade County's first archaeologist, he was instrumental in the implementation of the Historical Sites Preservation Ordinance.

3:30 pm Walking Tour of the Tequesta Trail
Take a walking tour of the Tequesta Trail and examine Tequesta 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 at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October - May). 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 Deering Estate.


 

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