Time Sifters Archaeology Society and the New College Public Archaeology Lab are hosting an archaeological festival on Saturday, March 12 from 10 am – 1 pm to celebrate Florida Archaeology month at the New College Public Archaeology lab, 5800 Bay Shore Road. The public is invited to enjoy a fun-filled family day with activities that include learning how soil is made and then painting with it, exploring Native American tools, learning how to analyze an artifact and even trying to throw an atlatl (if you don’t know what this device is, then you really should stop by and try your hand at this!). Visitors can take a tour of the Public Archaeology Lab, view films of local history and archaeology and hear lectures by Time Sifters’ board members, including Robert Bobb (The Archaeology of Polynesia); Felicia Silpa, M.A.,(Historical Archaeology at the Gamble Plantation); Evelyn Mangie, Ph.D., Burials and Tombs; and Sherry Svekis, B.A, Florida’s Native American Past.
A free lunch of hotdogs and lemonade will be provided. Sponsors for the festival include GWiz, Little Salt Spring/Warm Mineral Springs Archaeology Society, Florida Public Archaeology Network, South Florida Museum and Around the Bend Nature Tours. For more information, contact Time Sifters’ Sherry Svekis (941) 359-0683.