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For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2014
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra
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The Deering Estate at Cutler hosts Archaeology Day in celebration of Florida Archaeology Month


(MIAMI, February 19, 2014) – In celebration of Florida Archaeology Month, the Deering Estate at Cutler will host its 2014 Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities and programs for the entire family include educational activities, expert lectures and walking tours of the Estate’s unique natural areas. The event is free with regular admission - $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14). 

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. Florida Archaeology Month 2014 explores Florida's first people, the Paleo Indians.

This year’s Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate celebrates “Remnants of the Past.” This family event has something for everyone; Join us for our morning symposium, our afternoon walk, and activities in our Living Classroom!

Program schedule for the 2014 Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate at Cutler: 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Symposium
The symposium is a great opportunity for young professionals, students and interested individuals to discuss South Florida sites and World Heritage sites with a panel of professionals.

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Mock Archaeological Dig
Participants will learn about the people and cultures that existed in South Florida before modern development. They will work to uncover and handle real artifacts and eco-facts in our demonstration archaeological site. Participants will use their scientific and critical thinking skills to determine how these artifacts were made and what purposes they may have served.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Walking Tour following the Symposium
Go on trail and off trail in the Estate’s natural areas with resource managers and academia. Learn about geology and archaeology and how we are preserving our past for future generations.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Living Classroom
Do you like to look for clues? Do you think you are a good detective? Maybe you are an Archaeologist? Discover how archaeologists investigate life in the past through fun, hands-on activities in our Living Classroom. Activities will include Junk Drawer Archaeologist and Underwater Shipwreck. Join us as we read some stories during Book Nook by the Bay. Archaeology can be found in many of the stories that we love!

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Featuring Photography Exhibit
The Featuring Photography Exhibit highlights contemporary nature photography and historic photography in three distinct shows: Venessa Monokian- Contemporary Photography; Luis Lazo- Contemporary Photography; and Meet Charles Deering- Evanston and Family Photos. The exhibit will be on display through March 24, 2014, daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free with Estate Admission.

A special thanks to Florida Public Archaeology Network, Archaeology Society of Southern Florida, Miami-Dade County’s Office of Historic and Archaeological Resources, Biscayne National Park, the National Park Service, Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., History Miami, and the Everglades Outpost.

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 http://www.deeringestate.org/