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Free lecture at the Deering Estate in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida

MIAMI (March 17, 2016)

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lecture on Thursday, April 14, 2016 is the "Archaeology of the Loxahatchee Tree Islands and the Importance of a Good Survey."

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Archaeology of the Loxahatchee Tree Islands and the Importance of a Good Survey"

Presenter: Rodrigo Cardenas
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

The Everglades environment once spanned the lower half of the Florida Peninsula. The Everglades contain an ecological feature known as tree islands, which predominate in the wetland areas. Archaeological research on these tree islands began in the 1940’s but has been restricted to Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The only survey in Palm Beach County has been the Loxahatchee Preserve Survey of 1979. The survey stated that there was no archaeological value in the Loxahatchee water management area, because the authors believed the tree islands to be too young to contain prehistoric artifacts. Recent research, however, has detected an extremely high rate of archaeological settlement on the tree islands further south in the Everglades, which makes the conclusions of the previous Loxahatchee survey seem implausible.  This presentation will take a look at the archaeology done of tree islands, and why the Loxahatchee Preserve, one of the largest tree island sanctuaries, deserves a second look.

Rodrigo Cardenas is an archaeological field technician for a cultural resource management firm. He is a graduate of University of Central Florida and currently working on getting his M.A. for archaeology at Florida Atlantic University. His fields of study are GIS, LIDAR, settlement pattern research, and site location.

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.

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.

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