Archaeology Month Events

By Barbara Melendez


TAMPA, Fla. (March 15, 2010) – Florida is rich in history and prehistory. If you have a spark of curiosity about the sunshine state and what happened before you and practically everyone else arrived, Florida Archaeology Month is the perfect time to take in free activities to pick up some fascinating information.


Special events throughout March take a closer look at ancient mounds, underwater locations and other places archeologists bring their unique skills and interests. 


The University of South Florida Department of Anthropology’s Florida Public Archaeology Network is joining with the Central Gulf Coast Archeological Society to support some particularly intriguing family-friendly events: 


·         March 18, 7 p.m.: William Marquardt of the Florida Museum of Natural History will give a talk on Prehistoric Shell Mounds in the Southeast at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Island Dr. in St. Petersburg.


·         March 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:  Archaeology Day at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center features ancient tool demonstrations, opportunities to try out pottery-making skills and information about recent excavations and what archeologists have discovered about the earliest Florida residents.


·         March 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:   Time Sifters, a chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, is hosting an archaeological festival in honor of Florida Archaeology Month in Sarasota’s Pioneer Park, 1121 – 1199 Cocoanut Ave. There will be a film festival in addition to lectures, family activities, and free food. 


“These events are wonderful introductions to what archaeology is all about and how important it is to understanding the world we live in today,” said Brent Weisman, chair of USF’s Department of Anthropology. “We encourage people of all ages to gain the kind of knowledge that makes the world around us all the more interesting.”




The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.