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Preservation Paths: Exploring Ancient Mounds February 8th

Florida Public Archaeology Network and Gulf Islands National Seashore partner for new hiking tour focusing on long history of Native American use of Naval Live Oaks Area

The Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) and the Gulf Islands National Seashore are partnering to create an archaeology hike. The two-hour stroll down a section of the old Pensacola-St. Augustine Road in the Naval Live Oaks Area will focus on the use of the area by Native Americans and will be led by staff from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and a Park Ranger. Hikers will meet on the north side of Highway 98 at the Naval Live Oaks Area at the group camp area and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

“We are not the first humans to appreciate the spectacular resources of this area,” explained Superintendent Dan Brown. “This is an opportunity to discover who utilized this area in the past and how they lived.”

Why did ancient Floridians build large mound complexes thousands of years ago? What has archaeology taught us about these sites? How come some are still standing and others are gone? Come find out by joining DARC and NPS for a hiking tour around some ancient Native American mounds in Gulf Breeze. We will talk about what archaeology can tell us about these sites and efforts to preserve and protect these non-renewable cultural resources.

Hikers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Drinking water is recommended.

The Destination Archaeology Resource Center is an archaeology museum located inside the headquarters of the Florida Public Archaeology Network in downtown Pensacola. Exhibits include information about archaeology, archaeological sites across the state, and a temporary exhibit space that highlights current research by UWF archaeology faculty and graduate students. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 207 E. Main Street in Pensacola. Admission is free.

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This entry was posted on January 22, 2014 by in Posts, Press Release and tagged .
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