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Florida Archaeology Month: Viva Florida 500
Examining the last 500 years of Florida's Cultural Diversity through Archaeology
March 2013, Statewide - 2013 marks the 500 year anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's arrival on Florida shores and first interactions with Florida's indigenous people. From that point on, Florida has seen the arrival of many people of different nationalities and cultures. The archaeology of Florida's diverse legacy begins at these distant points and continues into the present day. Archaeologists seek to learn about the more recent past, like the beginnings of tourism and the development of urban centers, because it can also shed light on how our diverse heritage continues to impact and enrich our lives.
Florida's diverse history and prehistory stretches back over 12,000 years. Every March, statewide programs and events celebrating Florida Archaeology Month are designed to encourage Floridians and visitors to learn more about the archaeology and history of the state, and to preserve these important parts of Florida's rich cultural heritage. Plan to attend some of the many events throughout Florida during March 2013. A full listing of events can be found on the events webpages of the regional centers of the Florida Public Archaeology Network or on the Viva Florida 500 website at http://www.vivaflorida.org/.
Florida Archaeology Month is coordinated by the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS), the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), the Florida Archaeological Council, Inc., and the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Additional sponsors include state and local museums, historical commissions, libraries, and public and private school systems. The 2013 Florida Archaeology Month poster is available through local FAS chapters and can be acquired at various events sponsored by the participating organizations.
For more information about Florida Archaeology Month 2013 please contact your local FPAN regional center and/or local FAS chapter. Contact information can be found at the following websites:
Florida Public Archaeology Network: http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/
Florida Anthropological Society: http://www.fasweb.org/chapters.htm