Located inside the Florida Public Archaeology Network headquarters in downtown Pensacola, the Destination Archaeology Resource Center is an archaeology museum open to the public. Inside you will learn about the amazing archaeological sites that you can visit and experience throughout the state. Exhibits include displays about both land and underwater archaeology sites. It showcases heritage sites open to the public within the eight regions of FPAN with traditional and interactive displays.
A Road Trip through Florida Archaeology
With 500 years of European history and more than 10,000 years of Native American prehistory, Florida is host to an array of cultural landmark sites. Archaeological sites across the state have helped shed the light on our past. In this exhibit you will journey through the eight different regions of Florida and visit significant archaeological sites along the way. These include prehistoric mounds, shipwrecks, forts and Spanish missions, battlefields, and museums. Throughout the exhibit you can interact with digital displays and get a chance to touch real artifacts from a few of these sites. The best part about the sites featured in the exhibit- you can visit them in person and we can show you how to get there!
Ever wanted to bring your students to a real archaeological facility? The museum and headquarters classroom is just the place for you! Field trips to the Destination Archaeology Resource Center and lab are designed for 3-12 grade; K-2 grade and adult programs also available. The program lasts approximately 1.5 hours and includes a powerpoint presentation called Introduction to Archaeology, a visit to Archaeology Lab or to a real archaeological site, and a guided tour of the museum exhibit where students will learn about the history and archaeology of Florida.
Tour de Fort is a bicycling tour of the archaeological sites along the Florida National Scenic Trail on Gulf Islands National Seashore Fort Pickens area. This program is officially part of the national campaign Let’s Move Outside! The total bike ride is approximately four miles in length. Participants will peddle, hike, and climb as they visit archaeological sites along the trail ride where they learn about the archaeology, history and ecology of the area.
At Archaeology Café guests can order food and drinks at a local restaurant and listen to an archaeologist explain some of their cool discoveries in a casual and relaxed environment. No lecture halls; just interesting and inclusive conversation with experts in archaeology, one of the most fascinating scientific fields. Archaeology Cafe is inspired by the numerous Science Cafés that have gained enormous popularity in cities across Europe and the United States.
Ever wonder what prehistoric Floridians used before the invention of the bow and arrow? Come learn about this fascinating piece of prehistoric technology used to hunt everything from ancient woolly mammoths to modern squirrels. A short lecture will explain the origins and mechanics of this dart-throwing device. Next, participants can try their hand at it during an outdoor atlatl demonstration.
Pottery was a vital part of life in Florida for the past 3,000 years, but it is also an important clue for archaeologists today. In this program learn about different prehistoric pottery types from around Florida and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about people in the past.
A Geo-Trail is a series of caches tied together by a common topic or theme. FPAN has hidden geocaches at participating sites across Northwest Florida to form a geotrail called Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) Geo-Trail. All the sites on this geotrail are connected to Florida archaeology and are featured in the Road Trip Through Florida Archaeology exhibit at the Destination Archaeology Resource Center in Pensacola, FL.
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