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16Oct
International Archaeology Day Celebration
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Beaches Museum
Date: October 16, 2021 to October 16, 2021
Where: Beaches Museum, 381 Beach Boulevard,, Duval County, Florida, United States, 32250
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The Archaeological Institute of America—Jacksonville Society and the Beaches Museum are sponsoring the annual celebration of International Archaeology Day at the Museum (381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach) on Saturday, Oct. 16. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be demonstrations of pottery making and rope making, identification of artifacts by Dr. Keith Ashley, explanation of how Native Americans used plants by the Master Gardeners, and a simulated dig where children can pretend to be archaeologists. \ At noon in the historic chapel at the Museum Dr. Kenneth Sassaman from the University of Florida will present a lecture titled "Silver Glen Springs before The Yearling.'" He will discuss his research into a Native American metropolis that existed near the setting of Marjorie Keenan Rawlings' Pulitzer-winning novel, the backwoods of Florida in 1878 on Lake George. An anatomist from Harvard University in the late 1870s documented an archaeological landscape much different from the quiet, serene setting of Rawlings' story. Indeed, long before Europeans arrived to change the course of Florida's history, Silver Glen was more of a metropolis than it was a wilderness. Most above-ground traces of this past were erased by shell-mining operations in the 1920s. Since 2000, the St. Johns Archaeological Field School of the University of Florida has taken the opportunity to resurrect this lost past, which Dr. Sassaman will describe for the audience\