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Unlock mysteries of the past during Florida Archaeology Month

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By PAM DARTY
Special to the Beacon
To celebrate Florida Archaeology Month the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will host four distinguished archaeologists and two Ranger-led walks at the Shell Mound archaeological site near Cedar Key.
All activities are free.
University of Florida archaeologist Dr Kenneth Sassaman will return with more on the 5-year survey of the Nature Coast along the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge and the 30 miles of coastline of the Lower Suwannee.  He will speak with Dr. Hyatt Brown and Dr. Cici Brown, also from UF’s Anthropology Department, on Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. in the Cedar Key Library.
On Wednesday, March 21, at 11 a.m. Dr. Julian Granberry will explain how cultures’ migrations can be traced by the evolution of their language.  He has written several books documenting the subject only after working painstakingly to transcribe information from Spanish journals and diaries.  He will talk on his most recent book, “The Calusa: Linguistic and Cultural Origins and Relationships,” and much more.
The free Ranger-led walks will take place on Thursday, March 22, and Wednesday. March 28, at 11 a.m.  Meet at the Shell Mound Trailhead for a weapons demonstration and music of the southeastern peoples before the walk. For more information, call the Refuge at 352/493-0238, ext 223.
Pam Darty is Refuge Ranger at the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR.