By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
COCOA -- Looking to dig into something fun this weekend?
For the first time, the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science has partnered with the Florida Public Archaeology Network to sponsor "Archaeology Day" on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.
In celebration with Florida Archaeology Month, Archaeology Day is a free, fun event for all ages, and includes tons of hands-on activities, such as throwing atlatls (an ancient weapon), learning about native plants, pyrotechnology and much more.
Admission to the Brevard Museum will also be free during Saturday's event.
"Archaeology Day is a great introduction to archaeology, with experienced archaeologists from Florida Public Archaeology Network," said Philip Burris, education assistant at the Brevard Museum.
A statewide network, FPAN is dedicated to promoting and facilitating the stewardship, public appreciation and value of Florida's archaeology heritage.
"The Brevard Museum is excited to co-host Archaeology Day; it was an obvious 'yes' for us," said Brevard Museum assistant director and director of education Rachel Burris in a press release. "Kevin and Emily Jane from FPAN have so many great hands-on activities planned, while the museum has great visuals, which really helps make the connections between the ancient and modern world."
Saturday's event will also feature a lecture by Kevin Gidusko of FPAN, beginning at 1 p.m., covering what Florida was like during the Paleo-Indian period, some 10,000 years ago.
"Learn about the world Florida's first people inhabited, one very different from our own," Mr. Gidusko said. "I'll discuss the archaeological investigations of this time period and what we have learned about Paleo-Indians far."
Florida Archaeology Month holds much significance, Mr. Gidusko added.
"Florida Archaeology Month is an opportunity for those of us in the archaeological community to highlight Florida's unique and irreplaceable cultural resources," he said. "Archaeology informs us about human history and interaction with the environment, allowing us to better understand issues we face today."
Furthermore, Mr. Gidusko said that with the rising popularity of television shows, which feature archaeology in a pseudo-scientific way, Archaeology Day at the Brevard Museum will allow fans of these shows to see what real archaeologists do and study.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to come see the museum for free, as well as participate in a variety of hands-on activities," Mr. Burris said. "It's also the last chance to see the Space Coast Doll Artist exhibit before it packs up on March 31."
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, in partnership with Florida Public Archaeology Network, will host "Archaeology Day" on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Admission to both the event and the museum is free.
For more information, call (321) 632-1830 or visit www.BrevardMuseum.com.