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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "Early Homesteading on Elliott Key"

MIAMI (October 24, 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, November 10th is "Early Homesteading on Elliott Key."

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Early Homesteading on Elliott Key"
Presenter: Joshua L. Marano, M.A., RPA, Archeologist with Biscayne National Park
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

Archaeologist Joshua L. Marano will discuss new finds discovered during a reconnaissance survey of the Sweeting Homestead Site. The homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of a series of homes and other structures associated with a late-19th and early 20th century agricultural enterprise on Elliott Key.

Josh will also describe Biscayne National Park's Avocational Archeological Training program, which partners with organizations to facilitate the education and training of both new archeologists as well as avocational archeologists in the research, documentation, and interpretation of shipwrecks. These organizations include East Carolina University, University of Miami, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Diving with a Purpose program.

About the presenter
Joshua L. Marano M.A., RPA, is an Archeologist with Biscayne National Park, where his primary responsibilities include conducting scheduled National Park Service condition assessments, creating, completing, and updating state archaeological site files for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office, and completing archaeological site assessments and reports to fulfill Federal Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act) and NEPA requirements.  Josh has worked for the National Park Service since 2012, beginning as a cultural resource management intern. He has worked extensively in maintaining Biscayne’s underwater heritage trail and also archiving submerged cultural resources within Dry Tortugas National Park.

Josh earned his bachelor's degree in History and a Master of Arts in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology at East Carolina University. He worked as an archaeological crew chief with the university on several terrestrial and underwater projects. As a full-time archaeological technician with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, he participated in the study and recovery of the infamous pirate Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge.

In recent years at Biscayne National Park, Josh Marano has participated in stabilization efforts on the HMS Fowey shipwreck, conducted an archaeological investigation of the Long Reef Cannon site and contributed to the assessment and inventory of the English China Wreck.

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 Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, 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.
 
This year the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places and the 100th anniversary of Charles Deering's purchase and restoration of the Richmond Hotel for his winter residence. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!