Sams House Salutes National Archeology Month

By  //  March 3, 2013

Free Events Scheduled Throughout March

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BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Throughout the month of March, Sams House at Pine Island will offer a series of free programs in recognition of National Archeology Month.

Sams House at Pine Island will host a series of free public activities throughout the month of March to coincide with National Archeology Month. (Image courtesy of Sams House at Pine Island)

Here’s a rundown of events scheduled for the Sams House at Pine Island in March:

The “Little Pioneers” Homeschool Program from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 22. Discover pioneer life in this fun, hands-on program for homeschoolers ages 5 to 12. Students will explore the 1875 Sams cabin, engage in pioneer “chores,” learn the historical uses of plants, and go on a nature hike. Reservations required. Call 321-449-4720.

Forensic Anthropology: How the Dead Died from 3 to 4 p.m.  Friday, March 8. Florida Public Archeology Network East Central Region Director, Rachel Wentz will explain how forensic anthropology helps solve crimes and determine “cause of death” through the analysis of human skeletal remains.

Taste of the Wild – Prehistoric Native Floridian Foodways from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9. This presentation by Indian River Anthropological Society President Elaine Williams will focus on the food of prehistoric native peoples of Florida, how these foods were obtained, and how they were prepared. Participants will have the opportunity to sample native foods such as hickory nuts, yaupon tea, smoked fish, and more.

Sams House at Pine Island is hosting an Orienteering/Scavenger Hunt on March 30 in which participants will use a map and compass to find hidden objects. (Shutterstock image)

Florida History Expedition from 2:30 to 3:30 p,m. Saturday, March 16. Perfect for elementary school-aged children and their families. Travel back in time to Florida’s beginnings, sift for Ice Age fossils, learn how to throw a spear and discover what pioneer life was like. Reservations required by calling 321-449-4720.

From Ice Age Megafauna to Ancient Peoples of Pine Island from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Did you know that mastodons and giant ground sloths once called Pine Island home? See a presentation about Ice Age Megafauna and then take a short walk to the Indian Burial Mound on site where we’ll discuss the ancient people who lived here.

Orienteering/Scavenger Hunt from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Back by popular demand. Use a map and compass to find hidden objects on this family-fun adventure. Reservations required by calling 321-449-4720.

John Sams was a citrus grower, businessman, and the first Superintendent of Brevard County Schools.

The Sams House is at 6195 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Tours of the 1875 cabin and 1888 house are given every Thursday at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 321-449-4720.