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Archaeology, You Dig?

There’s lots of reasons to dig archaeology. The month of March is Florida Archaeology Month and its full of opportunities to immerse oneself in history.

Here’s a press release from UWF’s Florida Public Archaeology Network, with a list of free events scheduled throughout the month of March:

March is Florida Archaeology Month
Save-The-Dates

PENSACOLA- March is Florida Archaeology Month!  Coordinated by the Florida Anthropological Society and the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida Archaeology Month is celebrated throughout the entire state during the month of March as a way to teach residents and visitors about Florida’s rich history and local archaeological resources. The Northwest Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) invites the public to attend Florida Archaeology Month events happening throughout Northwest Florida. All events are free.

Volunteer Lab Opportunities
Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00am-4:00pm. FPAN is seeking enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 East Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.
Destination Archaeology! Resource Center
Open Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm. Come visit our permanent museum exhibit, “A Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology,” FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 East Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.

March 8: 12:00pm, Public Lecture, Geocaching Talk: “Mosquitoes, Muggles, and Museums,” Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580
March 9: 9:00am-12:00pm, Dash through the Past: Scavenger Hunt Race: Register for a new run/walk scavenger hunt race through historic downtown Pensacola. Learn about local history and win great prizes! Afterward, stay and get hands-on in our archaeology lab! FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 East Main St., Pensacola, FL 32502
March 12: 7:00pm, Pensacola Archaeological Society Monthly Meeting and Lecture, “UWF Field Schools 2012 Recap and 2013 Preview,” Bowden Bld., 120 E Church St., Pensacola, FL 32502
March 14: 7:00pm, Beyond our Backyard: Archaeology and History around the World Lecture Series, “For God, Country and Some Loot: The Aragonese Aegean Raid of 1292,” Bowden Bldg., 120 E Church St., Pensacola, FL 32502
March 16: 10:00am-4:00pm, Archaeology in the Classroom: Educator Workshop, Please call 850.595.0050 x103 or e-mail nbucchino@uwf.edu to register, Panhandle Pioneer Settlement 17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Road, Blountstown, FL, 32424
March 16: 10:00am-2:00pm, Eglin Archaeology Day, Jackson Guard, 107 Hwy. 85 North, Niceville, FL, 32578
March 19: 6:30pm, Niceville Public Library Maritime History Lecture Series, “Talking Smack: The Sailing Vessels of Pensacola’s Fishing Industry,” Niceville Public Library, 205 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, FL, 32578
March 20: 10:00am-12pm, Tour de Fort: Join us for a bicycling tour of the archaeological sites along the Florida National Scenic Trail near Fort Pickens as part of the national campaign “Let’s Move Outside!,” Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1400 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
March 22: 6:00pm, Public lecture, “Talking Smack: The Sailing Vessels of the Gulf Coast Fishing Industry,” Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL, 32401
March 23: 10:00am-11:30am, Children’s Event: Introduction to Underwater Archaeology Presentation and Build-a-Boat Activity, Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL, 32401
March 28: 7:00pm, Beyond our Backyard: Archaeology around the World Lecture Series, “Food and Foreigners in Rome and Beyond,” Bowden Bldg., 120 E Church St., Pensacola, FL 32502
March 29: 6:00pm, Public lecture, “A Forgotten Community: Archaeological Documentation of Old St. Joe,” St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, 3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL, 32456
March 30: 10:00am-12:00pm, Archaeology Day: Bring your artifacts to be identified, learn about archaeology in your area, pick up informative literature, and find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, 8899 Cape San Blas Road, Port St. Joe, FL, 32456
March 30: 2:00pm-4:00pm, Archaeology Day: Bring your artifacts to be identified, learn about archaeology in your area, pick up informative literature, and find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, Constitution Convention Museum, 200 Allen Memorial Way, Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The Florida Public Archaeology Network is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information, institutions for learning and training, and headquarters for public participation in archaeology. The Florida Public Archaeology Network is a program of the University of West Florida.
For more information, please contact Nicole Bucchino, Outreach Coordinator, nbucchino@uwf.edu or 850-595-0050, Ext. 103.