Free Lecture Series

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 at Cutler 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 Etate on the 2nd Thursday of the month (Seasonal: September 2014 through June 2015)
The A.S.S.F. Board meeting begins at 6:30 pm and the lecture begins at 7:00 pm for the public. Free.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Costa Rica and Archaeology”

Presenter: Dr. Anne Stewart
Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

Costa Rica is not only a land between two oceans, it is also a land between two continents. When the word ecotourism was coined in 1983, the inventor must have had Costa Rica in mind. The country had established its National Park in 1970. But when birdwatchers found that the country had 850 species of birds, tourists began to flock into the country. The government began a program to preserve its tremendous biodiversity and to reap the economic benefits of tourism. Just lately it has decided to finance archaeological investigations.

While Costa Rica received its metal technology from the south, much of its ceramic motifs, as well as jade, arrived from the north via migrants from various parts of Mesoamerica. The presentation will also include a visit to the Pre Columbian site of El Guayabo de Turrialba.

Dr. Anne Stewart was born in Indiana. Near her home were Adena Indian mounds which helped her develop a lifelong interest in Precolumbian cultures. She received her BA from Baldwin Wallace University, MS from Florida State and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern. Anne worked with Earthwatch on four archaeological projects in Mexico and has lectured on several cruise lines on archaeological subjects. Besides serving two terms as president of the Institute of Maya Studies she has given frequent programs for them as well as other archaeology groups in Florida. Anne has also served as the education chair for the Florida Lighthouse Association.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Tamiami Trail – How it Came About”

Presenter: Bob DeGross Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

The opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928 changed the face of South Florida for generations to come. The construction of the road was a feat likened to the construction of the Panama Canal. Bob DeGross, will highlight the challenges of constructing a highway across the Everglades using 1920s equipment and technology.

Bob will also include a discussion about Monroe Station and its purpose. Bob moved to South Florida from Wisconsin in 1994 to work in Everglades National Park. In 2003 he moved to the west coast of Florida to work at the neighboring Big Cypress National Preserve where he is the Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Hazor, Israel – Archaeology and the Bible”

Presenter: Dr. Curtis McKinney
Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

Hazor, a Canaanite site that dates before Israel and is mentioned in the Bible, was the site of the dig that Curtis McKinney Ph.D. revisited in the summer. Hazor, a literate society, based on cuneiform texts found on tablets, is actually on the site where seven cities were stacked upon each other. The crews’ task was to excavate down through the layers of cities. In the Summer the crew continued work on an area associated with the Bronze Age. Hazor is an important site in Israel's north, and has come up with finds that broaden the knowledge of that area and its early population.

Dr. McKinney, currently an Associate Professor of Geology at Miami Dade College, plans to return to Hazor to continue with this project.