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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "The State of Environmental Archaeology in Pre-Roman Etruscan Italy"

MIAMI (March 23, 2017)

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, April 13th is "The State of Environmental Archaeology in Pre-Roman Etruscan Italy." Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue.

Topic: "The State of Environmental Archaeology in Pre-Roman Etruscan Italy"
Presenter: Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice will discuss her current research project, The First Millennium BCE Project: Food and Environment in Pre-Roman Central Italy, which was supported by a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2016). We will look at the archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological evidence for paleoecology, prehistoric agriculture, food, feasting, and trade in exotic consumables amongst the pre-Roman city-states of modern day Tuscany. Dr. Shriver-Rice will explore how ancient peoples’ daily lives were shaped by a complex intertwining with the natural world, from the practical daylong threshing of grains and processing of grapes for wine, to the cosmic divination of lightning storms and sheep’s entrails - a narrative that prefaces the paradoxes of our own contemporary relationship to the environment.

Meryl Shriver-Rice, PhD, RPA, is Director of Environmental Media for the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy at the University of Miami. As both a media scholar and paleoethnobotanist, her interdisciplinary background includes dual degrees in Anthropology and Biology, a Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, England, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami (film, visual culture, and interactive media track). Her diverse science background also includes experience in tropical botany, Antarctic paleontology, and work on the Human Genome Project. Dr. Shriver-Rice has taught courses on visual anthropology, cultural theory, science communication, the psychology of group behaviour, gender and pop culture, media ethics, film studies, and bioarchaeology.

Dr. Shriver-Rice has experience as a rescue archaeologist excavating at sites where urban development threatens archaeological remains. She is the co-founder and director of Atlantic Archaeology Vanguard, the first all-women-run rescue archaeology coalition in South Florida. She has done rescue work in downtown Miami at the 2,000-year-old Tequesta Village/Fort Dallas/Royal Palm Hotel site at the mouth of the Miami River, as well as in California, Missouri, and Illinois. She has also excavated overseas with international teams in the Czech Republic, Scotland, England, Italy, and Turkey; including the UNESCO World heritage site Çatalhöyük and the National Geographic site Sant’Omobono.

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. Discover More history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!