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March is Archaeology Month in Florida!

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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
March 01, 2010

Jennifer K. Davis

March is Archaeology Month in Florida!

Celebrate Florida’s unique cultural heritage by attending these events sponsored by the Division of Historical Resources.

Celebrate Florida Archaeology Month at Mission San Luis!

Mission San Luis has exciting things planned for Florida Archaeology Month this March. The new Visitor Center showcases artifacts from Mission San Luis, as well as a temporary exhibit of Spanish colonial art on loan from Calynne and Lou Hill. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

During Archaeology Month we also are offering behind-the-scenes tours of the Archaeology Lab on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. There will be a guided archaeology site tour every Thursday in March beginning at 12:00 noon.

All archaeology tours will begin in the Visitor Center lobby. Entrance to the exhibit and Archaeology Month tours are included with standard admission. Please join us and learn about the fascinating archaeology of Mission San Luis!

Call 850.245.6412 for more information. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee. Admission fees: Adults, $5.00; Seniors (65 and over), $3.00; Children (6-17), $2.00. Members of the Friends and Active Duty Military are free with ID. For current information on all of our activities, please visit us at www.missionsanluis.org.

BAR Collections Tour

Take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bureau of Archaeological Research’s Collections facility at Northwood Centre. This is a chance to see the vast array of artifacts found on state lands. While many of the State’s artifacts are on display at museums across the state and several other states as well, 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. You’ll have an opportunity to view artifacts from Spanish shipwrecks, ceramics from the grounds where Florida’s new capitol sits as well as prehistoric ceramics and stone tools from Florida’s ancient inhabitants to name but a few. Tours will be held on Saturday March 6th at 10am and again at 11:30. Participants will assemble in the lobby of the “Old Publix” at Northwood Centre at the intersection of Tharpe Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. For more information, please call Collections staff at 850.245.6324 or email us at ddickel@dos.state.fl.us or mcprentice@dos.state.fl.us

R.A. Gray Lobby Display

In keeping with this year’s Florida Archaeology Month theme, Florida’s Mound Building Traditions, the Bureau of Archaeological Research will showcase artifacts from our collections from Velda Mound, located in the Arbor Hills neighborhood in Tallahassee. Look for the exhibit in the lobby of the R.A. Gray Building.

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