Excerpt from State Parks newsletter:
March is Florida Archaeology Month. Archaeology is the study of
ancient cultures through the recovery and examination of material
remains such as buildings, grave sites, tools and other artifacts
usually dug up from the ground. Learn about ancient cultures at
Florida’s state parks during Archaeology Month events.
Silver River Knap-In
Silver River State Park, Ocala
Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This weekend event will feature flint knappers from across the
Southeast making stone tools like Native Americans did thousands of
years ago. Visitors can watch as stone tools are created from various
flints by expert "knappers." Other artists and crafters will demonstrate
how bows and arrows are made, hide tanning, pottery manufacture and
firing, tomahawk throwing and other skills. Vendors will sell replica
stone tools and other creations. Archery and atlatl dart (spear)
throwing demonstrations will take place each day. Tram tours
through Silver River State Park will also be offered. Park entry fees
and museum fees are waived for participants. Event admission is $5 per
Faver-Dykes State Park, St. Augustine
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Experience and discover Native American life ways of the Timucuan
Indians and their relationship to the land they loved. Explore with an
expert guide, enjoy stories about the Timucuans and discover the
important role the river, forest and ocean played in their everyday
lives. See a re-created 1500s Timucuan Camp and experience the food,
clothing and shelter of these amazing people. Try your hand at throwing
an atlatl or starting a fire using a bow and drill. $5 per vehicle, up
to eight people.
You can learn about archaeology every day at select state parks: Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Letchworth-Love Mound Archaeological State Park, Madira Bickel Mound Archaeological State Park, Mound Key Archaeological State Park and San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park.
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