Past Significant Events:



May 8, 2014

Lecture: Hidden Histories of the Dry Tortugas

Presenter, Sarah Hohe

Summary: Dry Tortugas National Park is located on a remote island off of Key West and is actually located inside Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished fortress, which sits on Garden Key. Although much of the military and architectural history of Fort Jefferson is well-documented, there are some interesting details that have not been the subject of any study. People have been compelled to leave messages on the walls of the fort using a variety of materials. These inscriptions span the first few decades of the 20th century, a time when the fort was not being officially utilized. Upcoming renovations to preserve and stabilize the fort's overall architectural integrity put these smaller details at risk. The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) partnered with the National Park Service to conceive of a long term preservation solution for this historic graffiti and carried out a photographic documentation of the at-risk area. Not only did the project save this unique and fragile resource, but it unlocked a hidden history: The graffiti dates from the 1880's to the present day, and represents the only records of the fort being used during periods of its abandonment. The concentration of graffiti that was recorded, is in an off-limits wood lined magazine within the fort's walls. Many are written in chalk, and more of the dominant inscriptions are written in Spanish. These early Spanish inscriptions have presumably been left by Cuban fishermen during the era of the Cuban Independence.

This lecture took place on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Deering Estate Auditorium, 16701 S.W. 72nd Ave., Miami.
A regular meeting of the ASSF was also held.



March 15, 2014

Annual Archaeology Day

Venue: Deering Estate from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Activities and programs for the entire family were held, including educational activities, expert lectures and walking tours of the historic Tekesta Trail. The ASSF had a display.



March 13, 2014

Lecture: The Archaeological, Architectural and Cultural Treasures of Palermo
Ancient Capital of Sicily

Presenter, Professor Mario Ferrante

Summary: For millennia, wave after wave of nine different cultures, ideas and artistic achievements have swept over and influenced this beautiful Mediterranean city, leaving in their wake sublime extraordinary works of art and architecture. Take this opportunity to admire the exquisite works of the ancient Romans, Moors and Normans. See matchless, elegant mosaics of a Roman villa, grand Mosques of the Moors, Byzantine mosaics of the Normans, all from the comfort of a Deering Estate auditorium seat.

This lecture took place on Thursday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Deering Estate Auditorium, 16701 S.W. 72nd Ave., Miami.
A regular meeting of the ASSF was also held.



October 10, 2013

Lecture: Unforgettable Southern India: The Archaeology and Culture
Presenter, Professor Mario Ferrante

Summary: The most unforgettable place you can visit! Southern India is exotic, exciting, and full of colors and aromas! Come experience Mumbai, Gateway to India, from splendor to slums and everything in between. Explore the ancient caves and Unesco World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora. View the city of Madurai with its Meenakshi Temple, flower, vegetable and bamboo markets. Located at Mamallapuram, are the Shore Temple and also the largest Bas Relief carving in the world, both Unesco archaeological World heritage sites. Diwali, Festival of Light, welcomes you to Agra and we conclude our visit at the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the World.

This lecture took place on Thursday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Deering Estate Auditorium, 16701 S.W. 72nd Ave., Miami.
A regular meeting of the ASSF was also held.



March 17, 2007

Archaeological Fair

 The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida hosted another of its Archaeological Fairs on March 17th. The event took place from 10a.m. to 4p.m.  at Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge Inc., located at 35601 S.W. 192 Ave., Homestead FL 33034. There were archaeological exhibits and lectures by leading South Florida archaeologists, hands-on activities for children and adults, artifact identification by an archaeologist and sifting and washing of artifacts from a local dig.



August 2004

Excavations at the One Miami site

ASSF was privileged to be able to provide volunteer help at the One Miami site, DA11, on the 21st and 28th of August, 2004. See Bob Carr's letter attached to the end of our August  newsletter for details. Everyone worked very hard and with some success as the photos below attest.


See video of Hard Labor

The Hard Work
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Shard One
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  Shard Two
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The Bead
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  Musket Ball
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March 28, 2004

Archaeology Fair

ASSF held an Archaeology Fair at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, on Sunday, March 28, 2004. The event included exhibits, lectures by leading South Florida archaeologists and tours of the Tequesta burial mound and the Deering Estate dig site. A good time was had by all.