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.

Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
2nd Thursday of the month (Seasonal: September 2014 through June 2015)

The A.S.S.F. Board meeting begins at 6:30 pm; Lecture begins at 7:00 pm for the public. Free.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Catalhoyuk, Turkey : Living with the Dead, Goddess Worship, & Gender Equality"
Presenter: Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice
Visitor Center Auditorium; FREE & open to the public.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site of Çatalhöyük was first discovered in the late 1950’s and excavated by James Mellaart between 1961 and 1965. The Neolithic site rapidly gained international fame due to its immense size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and Venus figurines found at the site. As an archaeological site, Çatalhöyük is unique in that it has been continually excavated for over 20 years (since 1993) with teams of over 100 archaeologists from multiple countries working in the field and at the on-site laboratories.

Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice, our presenter, is an Assistant Professor in the Arts & Philosophy Department at Wolfson campus for Miami Dade College. Dr. Shriver-Rice received her dual Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Miami. She earned her Master’s degree in Archaeology (Paleoethnobotany) from the University of Nottingham in England. She received her Ph.D. in Communication (Film, Media, and Visual Arts track) from the University of Miami. As an archaeologist, Dr. Shriver-Rice has experience in Cultural Resource Management as a “rescue archaeologist" excavating at urban sites where development threatens archaeological remains. She has dug on Brickell Ave. and at the current Met Square sites in Miami, as well as in California, Missouri, and Illinois.