Photo exhibits spotlight various topics in Florida history, and are accompanied by brief text intended to place selected materials in historical context.
Studying and Exploring 12,000 Years of Floridians
State Archaeology Month
In celebration of Florida Archaeology Month, this exhibit showcases images of the archaeological resources throughout the state and the professionals, enthusiasts and amateurs that have explored, preserved, and interpreted the archaeological record in order to better understand Florida's millennia of human occupation.
Held each March, Florida Archaeology Month encourages Floridians and visitors to learn more about the archaeological resources and the long cultural history of the state. In addition, the event promotes a better understanding of the important work of archaeologists, museum professionals, state park rangers and the many others that uncover, research, interpret, and protect the state's archaeological resources and help preserve these integral parts of Florida's rich cultural heritage. Visit the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research for more information about Archaeology Month events and the state's efforts to interpret and preserve archaeological sites.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is also celebrating Archaeology Month at the numerous state parks that contain preserved archaeological resources.
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People have made Florida their home for more than 12,000 years. Archaeological sites in the state relate to millennia of pre-historic and historic eras of human activity. From the tools and fire pits left by the first Stone Age hunter gatherers, Florida archaeology illustrates the emergence of numerous complex Native American cultures, 16th century European exploration, centuries of imperial territorial claims changing hands, and nearly two hundred years as part of the United States, from territorial settlement, the Seminole Wars, the Civil War and generations of social and economic changes.
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Underwater archaeology is an area of particular expertise in Florida. In the hundreds of miles of fresh water and vast expanse of Florida coast, explorers and scientists have discovered fossils and artifacts covering eons, from the last Ice Age to World War II. With the state's long history of ocean exploration, pirating, and commercial shipping, Florida has been the epicenter for American treasure hunting. The exhibit also includes selections from the McKee Collection, the photographic record of the remarkable career of famous treasure hunter and museum founder, Art McKee.
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