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Deering Estate hosts Archaeology Day in celebration of Florida Archaeology Month

MIAMI (February 23, 2017)

In celebration of the 2017 Florida Archaeology Month "Engineers of the Mississippian," the Deering Estate will host its 5th annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Activities and programs for the entire family include educational activities and walking tours of the Estate's unique natural areas. The cost is $7 for ages 4 & older. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue in Palmetto Bay.  

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 2017 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 2017 Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate:

Living Classroom: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.

Historic House Tour: 10:30 am & 3:00 pm
Join 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.

Demonstration Archaeological Adventure: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Participants will learn about the people and cultures that existed in South Florida before modern development. They will uncover 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.

Tequesta Walking Tour: 12:30 pm
Go on a walking tour of the Estate's natural areas and learn about geology and archaeology and how we are preserving our past for future generations.

A special thanks to the following partners of this event: Florida Public Archaeology Network, Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, Miami-Dade County's Office of Historic and Archaeological Resources, HistoryMiami, Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage 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 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. Discover More art, culture, history, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate today!