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6th annual Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (February 20, 2018)

In celebration of the 2018 Florida Archaeology Month, "Heritage at Risk," the Deering Estate will host its 6th annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities and programs for the entire family include hands-on activities and walking tours of the Estate's unique natural areas. Admission is reduced to $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. This year's theme is dedicated to how sea level rise will affect important archaeological sites and landmarks in Florida.

Florida Archaeology Month is coordinated by the Florida Anthropological Society, and supported by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. Additional sponsors for 2018 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 2018 Archaeology Day at the Deering Estate:

"A Trail into the Past" - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Walk down to the historic Boat Basin and learn about South Florida's past through fun, hands-on activities like "Decipher an Ancient Message," creating fossils to take home, and more! Participants will be able to see real artifacts and learn about other archaeological sites from experts. Food and drink vendors will be available. 

Historic House Tour - 10:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
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. (45 minutes)

Demonstration Archaeological Adventure - 11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Children will discover how Archaeologists investigate ancient life by uncovering artifacts and eco-facts in our demonstration archaeological site. They will use their scientific and critical thinking skills to determine how these artifacts were made and what they were used for. (30 minutes)

Film Screening of "On This Land: The Charles Deering Estate" - 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Ten thousand years of history unfold in the new documentary film that encompasses sabre-tooth tigers and Paleo-Indians, Seminole burial grounds, pioneer homesteads, Henry Flagler's railroad, and the legacy of wealthy conservationist and art collector Charles Deering. Written by author and preservationist Becky Roper Matkov, and produced by Emmy-Award- winning director Carl Kesser, the half-hour long film is a project of the 100 Ladies of Deering, a philanthropic circle of the nonprofit Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. It will be aired in the Visitor Center Theatre. (30 minutes)

Biscayne National Park Talk - 12:00 pm
Join Biscayne National Park's underwater Archaeologist, Joshua Marano, as he discusses how sea level rise will affect the National Park and its treasures. (30 minutes)

Tequesta Walking Tour - 12:30 pm
Go on a walking tour of the Estate's natural areas and visit the Tequesta burial mound. Participants will learn about the Tequesta civilization that roamed our site a few thousand years ago. (1.5 hours)

A special thanks to the following partners of this event: Florida Public Archaeology Network, Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, Biscayne National Park, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Arch Creek Park and Museum, 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 Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, signature events, programs and preservation of our history positions the Deering Estate as an iconic marker for our community's cultural identity and memory. The Deering Estate's first 30 years were marked by preservation and conservation of these rich cultural and ecological resources and our future continues to build upon this wonderful legacy of stewardship envisioned by Charles Deering.