Florida Archaeology Month 2014

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 2014. A full listing of events can be found on the Florida Public Archaeology network website. Download the Department of State Press Release:

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Florida Archaeology Month 2014

Paleo Florida: The Archaeology of Florida's First People

Merritt Island - March 1, 2014

Kick off for Archaeology Month: Learn about the Paleoindian culture of Florida.

Mission San Luis Tour

Archaeological Site Tour at Mission San Luis

Tallahassee - Every Sunday in March beginning March 2, 2014

Join a Mission San Luis archaeologist on Sundays in March for a tour of Tallahassee's only National Historic Landmark from an archaeological perspective. Learn how the site was excavated and what was discovered about the Apalachee and Spanish residents from the 17th century.

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Ancient Cultures of Shell Mound

Cedar Key - Every Thursday in March beginning March 6, 2014

Join the Ranger for a free walk over the mound with weapons demonstrations and ancient southeastern music.

Museum of Florida History Shipwreck Exhibit

Archaeology Discovery Day

Tallahassee - March 8, 2014

Uncover the past to experience archaeology firsthand! See Florida’s history through the eyes of archaeologists. Come reveal the discoveries found at shipwrecks, learn how artifacts are preserved in the Museum of Florida History’s Conservation Lab and stand in awe of Herman, the mastodon found in Wakulla Springs, all for free!

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Special Archaeology Program : 2nd Saturday at the Museum of Florida History

Tallahassee - March 8, 2014

Experience “Archaeology in Action” with a hands-on activity led by Barbara Hines of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. 2nd Saturday Family Programs at the Museum of Florida History offer hands-on history for every member of the family. The program, admission, and parking are free.

Old Florida Festival

25th Old Florida Festival

Naples - March 8-9, 2014

Why not spend a day in the past with a Calusa Indian, a Seminole family, a Civil War soldier, Cracker cattleman or Spanish Conquistador and dozens of other costumed time-travelers at the Old Florida Festival at the Collier County Museum. The annual family-style adventure brings together over 100 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craftworkers and living history presenters to recreate over ten centuries of everyday life on the Southwest Florida frontier.

DeSoto County Pioneer Day

DeSoto County Pioneer Day

Arcadia - March 15, 2014

Pioneer Day offers traditional Florida foods along with a “Discover History” hands-on area for children. Demonstrators show off their skills in basket-weaving, black-smithing, butter-churning, candledipping, quilting, soap-making, spinning, woodworking, and other crafts.

Calusa Heritage Day

Calusa Heritage Day

Pineland - March 15, 2014

See artists, authors, and replicators. Take a boat tour or try your hand at the atlatl! Speakers will include Dr. Victor Thompson, an archaeologist who will present "Crafting the Ancient Landscapes of Florida and Beyond."

Eglin Archaeology Day

Eglin Archaeology Day

Niceville - March 22, 2014

Eglin Archaeology Day is a free educational family-friendly event that focuses on archaeology and local history. The event will host demonstrations of skills of the past, exhibits about past ways of life, archaeological exhibits and information about ways to learn more about archaeology and history.

Archaeology Discovery at Port St. Joe

Discover Archaeology Day: Port St. Joe

Port St. Joe - March 29, 2014

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!