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04 March 2013

FL Archaeology Month

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 person.

Timucua! Program
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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