In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, the Deering Estate presents a monthly lecture highlighting unique and interesting connections to our past. This serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida meets at the Deering Estate on the 2nd Thursday of the month (Seasonal: September 2016 through June 2017)
Topic: “Early Homesteading on Elliott Key”
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Presenter: Joshua L. Marano, M.A., RPA, Archeologist with Biscayne National Park
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.
Archaeologist Joshua L. Marano will discuss new finds discovered during a reconnaissance survey of the Sweeting Homestead Site. The homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of a series of homes and other structures associated with a late-19th and early 20th century agricultural enterprise on Elliott Key.
Josh will also describe Biscayne National Park’s Avocational Archeological Training program, which partners with organizations to facilitate the education and training of both new archeologists as well as avocational archeologists in the research, documentation, and interpretation of shipwrecks. These organizations include East Carolina University, University of Miami, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Diving with a Purpose program.
About the presenter
Joshua L. Marano M.A., RPA, is an Archeologist with Biscayne National Park, where his primary responsibilities include conducting scheduled National Park Service condition assessments, creating, completing, and updating state archaeological site files for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office, and completing archaeological site assessments and reports to fulfill Federal Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act) and NEPA requirements. Josh has worked for the National Park Service since 2012, beginning as a cultural resource management intern. He has worked extensively in maintaining Biscayne’s underwater heritage trail and also archiving submerged cultural resources within Dry Tortugas National Park.
Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in History and a Master of Arts in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology at East Carolina University. He worked as an archaeological crew chief with the university on several terrestrial and underwater projects. As a full-time archaeological technician with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, he participated in the study and recovery of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
In recent years at Biscayne National Park, Josh Marano has participated in stabilization efforts on the HMS Fowey shipwreck, conducted an archaeological investigation of the Long Reef Cannon site and contributed to the assessment and inventory of the English China Wreck.
About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.