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March is Florida Archaeology Month sponsored by the Florida Anthropological Society and its partners that protect archaeological sites throughout the state. Each year the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge hosts walks at its Shell Mound site made famous by the spectacular collection of pottery in Bradenton’s South Florida Museum.
The last of two Ranger-led walks at Shell Mound is 10 a.m. March 25. Meet the Ranger in the small parking area next to the Shell Mound Trailhead to learn the history of the mound, its native people and native plants.
To top off the month’s celebration a panel discussion by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman and his three graduate students who have been surveying the thirty coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the 13 islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Two of the five-year surveys have been completed and each year more details of the ancient anglers are discovered. A slide presentation and Artifact ID Day will accompany the discussion. Join the Refuge Ranger and panel at 1 p.m., March 26, at Cedar Key Library.