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Free lecture at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (September 27, 2017)

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate. The lecture on Thursday, October 12, "Latest Developments on South Florida’s Maritime Heritage Trail," will be presented by Josh Marano.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Topic: "Latest Developments on South Florida's Maritime Heritage Trail"
Presenter: Josh Marano, Archaeologist
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; Free and open to the public.

Archaeologist Josh Marano will update us on the work he's been doing in regard to archaeological and historical surveys within Biscayne National Park and what is being done to protect these resources. He will also have an update on damage from Hurricane Irma.

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 Maritime Heritage Trail and also archiving submerged cultural resources within Dry Tortugas National Park. The Maritime Heritage Trail consists of the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse along with the wrecks of six vessels from the 19th and 20th centuries.

In January 2017, Josh began teaching at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on underwater archaeology, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage. He introduces students to topics such as legal aspects of submerged cultural resource management, marine protected areas, environmental impact assessment, and remote sensing surveys. While not a requirement, the opportunity to become an AAUS Science Diver is also available.

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 butterfly 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!