City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt and Assistant Archaeologist Melissa Dezendorf will celebrate Florida Archaeology Month in March at the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor’s Information Center (VIC). Halbirt and Dezendorf will present three unique presentations twice a day for three consecutive Fridays. The presentations are being offered as part of the City of St. Augustine’s Archaeology Program's public outreach.
The presentation scheduled “The Case of the Disarticulated Donkey,” was held March 13 and “Exploring St. Augustine’s Buried Past” was held March 20. "Artistic Expression in the Archaeological Record” will be held March 27. The free presentations will be at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. in the theater at the VIC. Seating will be limited with first come, first seated. The seating capacity is approximately for 60 people.
Available in the VIC Gift Shop are canvas tote bags silk-screened with the one-of-a-kind 17th century medallion of St. Onofrius, patron saint of weavers and jurists. The medallion was found at Casa del Hidalgo, 35 Hypolita St. in 2005. T-shirts and canvas bags with the ‘disarticulated donkey’ which was found on Anastasia Island in 2007 are also available.
The presentations are in concert with Florida Archaeology Month, which has been held during the month of March since 1992. It is a state wide celebration supported by the State of Florida, local municipalities including the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County, the Florida Anthropological Society and its chapter affiliates including the St. Augustine Archaeological Association.
Florida Archaeology Month is designated to highlight the contributions archaeology makes toward enriching the public’s awareness of the state’s unique cultural heritage. This includes the various prehistoric occupations that have occurred in Florida over the past 12,000 years, as well as the 500 years of European and African history that have shaped today’s Florida.
Ample parking is available at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility which is adjacent to the VIC. The cost is $1.25 an hour or 50 cents an hour by using the prepaid ParkNow card which is available at the City of St. Augustine’s Financial Services Center located behind City Hall at 50 Bridge Street.
Please see the COSA Florida Archeology Month flyer for more information.
For more information on the statewide celebration, go to www.flheritage.com/archaeology/month/