Time to dig up some dirt on Gulf County.
The annual Archaeology Days will be held on March 28-29 at the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and the Constitution Convention Museum.
The events, held in conjunction with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will kick off 6 p.m. ET on Friday, March 28 at the Buffer Preserve Center with a presentation by Florida Public Archaeology Director Jeff Moates.
Among items to be discussed will be the wreck of the side-wheel steamer, the SS Florida.
The seminar, “East Bound and Down” will discuss the vessel’s fatal collision with the RMS Republic in January 1909 and give participants a better understanding of how underwater archaeology works.
“Florida is full of history and archaeology sites,” said Mark Knapke, Parker Manager at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. “This program allows folks to gather info and gain education on why these archaeological sites are important and why they shouldn’t be disturbed.”
Saturday, March 29 has been dubbed Discover Archaeology Day. Two educational sessions will be held consisting of historical displays and attendees are encouraged to bring artifacts that they’ve found locally to be examined by on-site archaeologists.
The first session will run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon ET at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and the second from 2-4 p.m. ET at Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Port St. Joe.
“This will be a great weekend for those who are interested in artifacts, archaeology, shipwrecks, or just the history of the area,” said Knapke. “It’s sure to be an interesting few hours.”
Based in Pensacola, FPAN holds archaeology programs all around the state of Florida. The Archaeology Days event is free and open to the public.