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Timucuan Preserve and UNF recognized for Public Archaeology Program
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The National Park Service, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and the University of North Florida, Department of Anthropology were honored by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) for their cooperative Public Archaeology program hosted in the summer of 2011. As a part of National Preservation Month celebrations, the annual JHPC awards recognize efforts in historic preservation and cultural resource management that promote the history of Jacksonville, Florida.

The University of North Florida (UNF) has completed ten seasons of cooperative archaeological field schools within the Timucuan Preserve. The

2011 field season included a new opportunity for the public to join in the archaeological research. Through the UNF Continuing Education Program members of the public were invited to aid in the excavation of a Spanish mission site at the Cedar Point area of the Preserve. Participants received firsthand experience in excavation techniques, the field identification of artifacts, and mapping archaeological materials and features.

“The Timucuan Preserve will once again host the UNF Public Archaeology field school in 2012,” explains Superintendent Barbara Goodman. “Our partnership with the University of North Florida provides us the opportunity for significant public programming. We look forward to another season of archaeological discovery.”

The 2012 public field school consists of two, one-week sessions from 9 a.m.

to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participants have the option of attending one or both weeks. The session dates are Monday, June 25th through Friday, June 29th and Monday, July 9th through Friday, July 13th. The sessions are open to the public and participants must be 16 years of age or older to attend. For more information or to register, please contact the UNF Continuing Education Program online at www.unf.edu/ce/ or call (904) 620-4200.

The 46,000 acre Timucuan Preserve is located within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida. Come experience salt marshes, wildlife, miles of trails, historic sites, and the great outdoors. Please visit the Timucuan Preserve website at http://www.nps.gov/timu/

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