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Archaeology Day (POSTPONED)
Saturday, March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
With the safety of our community as our top priority as the community deals with COVID-19, this program has been postponed.
Join the Deering Estate, Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, and Florida Public Archaeology Network – Southeast for a day of fun activities talks in celebration of Florida’s Archaeology Month. This event is FREE and open to the public! RSVP HERE
12:00 pm – “What is Archaeology?” – Mallory Fenn, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network Southeast
Join us for a quick and dirty introduction into archaeology! This fun talk is perfect for those who want to learn what it’s like to work as an archaeologist. We take a look at the basics of fieldwork and hear about the interesting clues that archaeologists have dug up about Florida’s past.
Before becoming Public Archaeology Coordinator for FPAN’s Southeast Region, Mallory Fenn worked on cultural resource management (CRM) and museum projects throughout South Florida. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from New College of Florida. A lifelong visual artist, Mallory has provided archaeological illustrations for numerous publications. Her specializations include Prehispanic Maya archaeology and epigraphy, Florida precontact archaeology, museum collections care, and scientific illustration.
1:00 pm- “3D Storymaps of the Biscayne National Park Maritime Heritage Trail” – Athena Van Overschelde, MA Candidate, University of Miami
The Maritime Heritage Trail is made up of six shipwrecks that vary in size and century, and whose history has not fully been explored. Ensuring there is a detailed history of the ships, and how they came to sink in the waters of Biscayne National Park is a key part to cultural resource management. Additionally, with the help of new technology, Biscayne National Park hopes that visitors will be able to visit and explore these submerged archaeological sites online through 3D storymaps. With underwater sites accessible even to those who cannot dive, hopefully the public will gain a deeper understanding of the archaeological heritage in Florida and realize the importance of protecting and preserving these cultural heritage sites for future generations.
Athena Van Overschelde is a graduate student at the University of Miami and is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Science degree in Underwater Archaeology. The love of all things underwater started at a young age but turned into a love of underwater archaeology during her undergrad work at Texas Sate University. Athena is passionate about getting the public interested in underwater archaeology and protecting our underwater heritage for future generations. Athena is currently volunteering with the National Parks Service to complete her thesis work.
2:00 pm- “The Skeletons of the 1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane: Bioarchaeology, Memory, and Landscapes of Disaster” – Dr. Meredith Ellis, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
This talk will examine how the discovery of two badly worn skeletons in Belle Glade, Florida, opens up new avenues for thinking about history and memory-making. The 1928 Hurricane that struck South Florida and Lake Okeechobee killed an estimated 2,000 people south of the lake in a single night. Most of these were recently settled white farmers and migrant black farm workers. Because of the high water table, bodies that were recovered from the catastrophic flood were either sent to the east coast for burial in cemeteries (white bodies) or buried in mass graves or burned in pits (black bodies). In addition, an untold number of individuals were never recovered. In 2016, two sets of human remains, originally found in Belle Glade at some past date and donated to FAU in 2011, were rediscovered in Florida Atlantic University’s collections. Using traditional bioarchaeological techniques, this research is attempting to reconcile the history of the event with the bodies that remain behind. What does it mean to have a skeleton labeled a “hurricane victim” with no clear provenience? How do memories of natural disasters become layered onto artifacts and objects, including bodies? This talk will explore new ways of thinking about bodies, disasters, and memory making, set right here in South Florida.
Dr. Ellis’s research focuses on human skeletal remains from archaeological sites; specifically, historical sites and on the remains of children (subadults). Her research asks questions about how people lived in the past, and what their bodies can tell us about their daily lives and about life in a family and a community. She is interested in the intersection of the social and the biological, and how those two come together in the human skeletal system. Her work draws on skeletal analysis, archival research, and historical archaeology to tell a story about a life in the past, and inspired the documentary film “The Bones Speak.”