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The Deering Estate hosts Archaeology Day in celebration of Florida Archaeology Month

4th annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 12, 2016

MIAMI (February 19, 2016)

In celebration of the 2016 Florida Archaeology Month "Artisans of the Woodland," the Deering Estate will host its 4th annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 12, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Activities and programs for the entire family include educational activities and walking tours of the Estate’s unique natural areas. Admission is $7 for ages 4 & older. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Palmetto Bay.

This year's theme celebrates the "Artisans of the Woodland," the people who lived in Florida during what archaeologists call the Woodland period from about 1000 BC to AD 1000.

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 is coordinated by the Florida Anthropological Society, and supported by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. Additional sponsors for 2016 include the Florida Archaeological Council, Florida Public Archaeology Network, state and local museums, historical commissions, libraries, and public and private school systems. 
 
The program schedule for the 2016 Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate: 
 
10:00 am – 3:00 pm: 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.
 
10:30 am & 3:00 pm: Historic House Tour
Join one of our Interpretive Staff on a guided tour to hear the amazing history of the Richmond Cottage, the first hotel between Coconut Grove and Key West, and the Stone House, a tiny piece of Deering’s beloved Barcelona recreated on Biscayne Bay.

11:00 am & 1:00 pm: Mock Archaeological Excavation
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.
 
12:30 pm: Tequesta Walking Tour
Go on a walking tour of the Estate’s natural areas with interpretive guide. Learn about geology and archaeology and how we are preserving our past for future generations.
 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Exhibit
The "February Features" Exhibit is made up of three distinct components: a painting exhibition by John Bailly, 10,000 years of Miami; a juried, low fire ceramic exhibit, “CLM Earth and Fire” by the Ceramic League of Miami; and the Historical Collections Spotlight. The exhibit will be on display through March 25, 2016, daily from 10 am – 4 pm; 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, National Park Service, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum and the Everglades Outpost.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!