Volunteers learn to identify different prehistoric pottery types from FPAN archaeologists at the Weedon Island Preserve in St Pete.

FPAN Archaeology Lab Volunteer Program at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center

WHERE: 1800 Weedon DR NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702

WHEN: Check event calendar for specific days

FPAN is seeking enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work inside our air-conditioned lab to rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work with small screens, trays, brushes, magnets and other lab tools to clean and sort artifacts. Once artifacts have been cleaned, they are sorted into groups of like materials (i.e. brick, glass, shell, ceramics, stone, etc.) No experience is needed, but all volunteers are given a brief orientation by a professional archaeologist their first day.

The volunteer program is perfect for students who need volunteer hours for scholarships, individuals and groups interested in a unique way to experience local history and archaeology, as well as all of those who have dreamed of getting their hands dirty participating in real archaeological work. All ages are encouraged to participate; however, anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Individuals, families and groups can be accommodated. Lab work will be done in the classroom at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center.

For more information contact Kassie Kemp at kkemp@mail.usf.edu or 813-396-2325.

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