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Digging into Weedon: Explorations in Archaeology with AWIARE
Join staff from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the WIP Cultural & Natural History Center to learn about one of our most important partners: the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE)! AWIARE is a non-profit organization (501C3) whose goal is to promote and facilitate long-term archaeological research, scientific exploration, and public education at the Weedon Island Preserve and the gulf coast region. From holding public excavations and hosting informative talks to supporting academic researchers and students, AWIARE is an integral part of protecting and learning about the history of our region. Discover all of that AWIARE does in this deep-dive on their past projects, like excavating and preserving an 1,100 year old dugout canoe, and current work!

Dec 11, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rachel Kangas
Public Archaeology Coordinator @Florida Public Archaeology Network
Rachael Kangas is the Public Archaeology Coordinator for the West Central Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and she conducts public archaeology and outreach in the region. She earned her M.A. from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015 and is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). She has participated in fieldwork in the Americas and conducted lab work and teaching during her time at UCF. She is also an American Academy for Underwater Sciences (AAUS) diver, allowing her to assist with underwater research around the state. Her specialties include Florida archaeology, public archaeology, and archaeological illustration.
Dr. Robert Austin
Principal Archaeologist and Treasurer @Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education
Robert Austin has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida and worked in the cultural resource management field for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2015. He is a co-founder of the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) whose mission it is to provide opportunities for research at Weedon Island and the greater Tampa Bay region, as well as the dissemination of the results of this research to the archaeological community and general public. Since its inception in 2008, AWIARE has sponsored and/or provided funding for one Ph.D. dissertation, three MA theses, and a BS Honors thesis, along with three dissertations and three MA theses currently in progress. AWIARE board members and students also have published several research papers and made presentations at professional meetings, all focused on the archaeology and prehistory of Weedon Island and Tampa Bay.