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Florida Department of State Celebrates Archaeology Month in March

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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
March 01, 2011

Chris Cate

Florida Department of State Celebrates Archaeology Month in March

Floridians encouraged to attend events sponsored by the department’s Division of Historical Resources

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of State Secretary Kurt S. Browning is encouraging Floridians to participate in a month-long celebration of archaeology in Florida. Beginning today, the Florida Department of State will be hosting events to help promote and preserve the state’s rich cultural heritage. The special events are a part of Archaeology Month, held every March in Florida.

This year’s Archaeology Month events include:

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Mission San Luis

Mission San Luis is offering behind-the-scenes tours of the Archaeology Lab on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. All archaeology tours will begin in the Visitor Center lobby. Entrance to the exhibit and tours are included with standard admission.  For more information, call 850.245.6412 or visit www.missionsanluis.org. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Bureau of Archaeological Research’s Collections Facility

The Bureau of Archaeological Research’s collections facility serves as a repository for artifacts collected on state-owned lands.  While many of the state’s artifacts are on display at museums across the state and nation, this is an opportunity to learn how artifacts arrive at the facility and how they are managed and loaned to various institutions for display and research purposes. Artifacts from Spanish shipwrecks, the site of Florida’s Capitol, as well as prehistoric ceramics and stone tools from Florida’s ancient inhabitants will be on display.

Tours will be held on Saturday March 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. There is a limit of 30 attendees per tour, admitted on a first come, first serve basis.  Participants should meet in the lobby of the “Old Publix” at the Northwood Centre located at the intersection of Tharpe Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Tallahassee. For more information, please call collections staff at 850.245.6324 or email ddickel@dos.state.fl.us or mcprentice@dos.state.fl.us.

Native People, Native Plants Showcase

The Bureau of Archaeological Research will showcase artifacts from its collections that highlight the many ways Native Americans utilized Florida’s abundance of native plants in their environment.  Look for the exhibit in the lobby of the R.A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399.

For a complete calendar of events, please visit the Florida Archaeology Month 2011 website at www.flheritage.com/archaeology/education/month/about.cfm.
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