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Public invited to attend, Saturday, March 30, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Panoramic photo of archaeology lab

March is Archaeology Month in Florida and events are planned all across the state that tie-in with this year’s theme: Shared Collections-Shared Stories.

The event planned by the city’s Archeology Division is sharing the behind-the-scenes details of the team’s laboratory where, according to City Archaeologist Andrea White, at least 75% of their work is conducted.

The Dr. Sue A. Middleton Archaeology Center, which opened in 2011, is named for its benefactor whose love of historic preservation and cultural resources lead her to offer a bequeathed gift that made the research center possible. It is here where the thousands of artifacts uncovered and removed from over three decades of archeological digs in the city are stored after being cleaned, labeled and carefully catalogued. Then, as new artifacts are found and brought to the center, there is a vast resource of items from which to make comparisons and thereby identify the newly found item. The artifact collection as a whole offers endless opportunities to research St. Augustine’s historic past.

The open house will be the public’s first opportunity to see the center’s interior.  Experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the processes of introducing new items to the collections and answer questions regarding the city’s archaeology program.

The open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 from 9:00am until noon at the Sue A. Middleton Archaeology Center, 30 Pellicer Ln.

For more information about Archaeology in the City of St. Augustine, visit www.CityStAug.com/archaeology.