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Secretary of State Announces Archaeology Month Events

Tallahassee, FL –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announces events during the month of March to celebrate Florida Archaeology Month.

"Archaeology Month is an exciting opportunity to recognize the significant contributions that archaeologists make so that we can understand the past," said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. "I encourage Florida’s families to take advantage of Archaeology Discovery Day at the Museum of Florida History and the Archaeology Tours at Mission San Luis to learn and understand more about Florida’s expansive history."

Archaeology Discovery Day will be held on March 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of Florida History. As part of Second Saturday Family Programs, children’s activities featuring archaeology will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Uncover the past to experience archaeology firsthand and 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.

Archaeological Site Tours at Mission San Luis will be offered every Sunday in March from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join a Mission San Luis archaeologist 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.

Each year, the Florida Public Archaeology Network provides a poster as an educational resource. This year’s poster focuses on the Paleo-Indian sites of Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. To learn more about Archaeology Month and these events, visit vivaflorida.org.

The Museum of Florida History is located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free and parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Museum and in nearby downtown garages.  For more information, call 850.245.6400 or visit museumoffloridahistory.com.

Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida, Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, and $2 for ages 6-17. Children under 6, members, and active military get in FREE. For more information, call 850.245.6406 or visit missionsanluis.org.

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