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For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2015
Media Contact:
Brittany Jones
jonesb@miamidade.gov
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Free Lecture at the Deering Estate at Cutler: ''Costa Rica & Archaeology''


(MIAMI, March 10, 2015) - In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Topic: “Costa Rica & Archaeology”
Presenter: Dr. Anne Stewart
Visitor Center Theatre; FREE and open to the public.

Costa Rica is not only a land between two oceans, it is also a land between two continents. When the word ecotourism was coined in 1983, the inventor must have had Costa Rica in mind.  The country had established its National Park in 1970.  But when birdwatchers found that the country had 850 species of birds, tourists began to flock into the country.  The government began a program to preserve its tremendous biodiversity and to reap the economic benefits of tourism. Just lately it has decided to finance archaeological investigations.

While Costa Rica received its metal technology from the south, much of its ceramic motifs, as well as jade, arrived from the north via migrants from various parts of Mesoamerica. The presentation will also include a visit to the Pre Columbian site of El Guayabo de Turrialba. 

Dr. Anne Stewart was born in Indiana.  Near her home were Adena Indian mounds which helped her develop a lifelong interest in Precolumbian cultures. She received her BA from Baldwin Wallace University, MS from Florida State and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern. Anne worked with Earthwatch on four archaeological projects in Mexico and has lectured on several cruise lines on archaeological subjects. Besides serving two terms as president of the Institute of Maya Studies she has given frequent programs for them as well as other archaeology groups in Florida. Anne has also served as the education chair for the Florida Lighthouse Association.

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). DeeringAdventure 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.

About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.