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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "Archaeology of the Cold War in South Florida"

MIAMI (December 13, 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. The lecture on Thursday, January 12th is "Archaeology of the Cold War in South Florida." Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue.

Thursday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Archaeology of the Cold War in South Florida"
Presenter: Sara Ayers-Rigsby, MA, RPA, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Southeast/Southwest Regions
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

Our January guest speaker Sara Ayers-Rigsby, MA, RPA, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Southeast/Southwest Regions, will explore former top secret sites associated with the Cold War that were located in the Everglades and throughout South Florida. These overgrown, forgotten sites served as the front lines during this fascinating period, when "quiet residential neighborhoods were havens for undercover operatives while the swamps and forests served as training grounds." Learn about Cold War era sites in Miami and participate in a discussion about Cold War archaeology!

About the presenter
Sara Ayers-Rigsby specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation.  Prior to beginning her role as Southeast/Southwest Regional Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, she spent 10 years working as an archaeologist throughout the United States, with a regional focus on the archaeology of the southeast and Mid Atlantic.  She earned her MA in Archaeology for Screen Media from the University of Bristol, UK, and her BA in Classical Archaeology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).  Her research interests include public outreach and archaeology, archaeological compliance legislation, and industrial archaeology in Florida.  She loves visiting state parks, historical sites, and house museums in south Florida and is always thrilled to talk to others about them!

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.