New College In Sarasota Creates An Archaeology Lab For Community

New College of Florida in Sarasota is building a public archaeology lab that will be completed in the summer of 2010.

New College of Florida's Public Archaeology Lab is expected to host elementary and secondary students, archaeological clubs and others from surrounding communities. In an effort to further promote the diversity of Florida's cultural heritage, the archaeology lab will encourage participation from people in the community.

"There is much more we can do to conserve the past for the future in this region, and this facility will facilitate community-based programs," says Uzi Baram, associate professor of anthropology at NCF.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held on March 8 and featured speakers Mike Michalson, president of New College; State Representative Keith Fitzgerald; and Baram. The ceremony also included a time capsule burial by university students.

Willis A Smith Construction
of Sarasota is the general contractor on the project. The building design is by Long & Associates Architects/Engineers of Tampa. Once completed, the $500,000 public archaeology lab will be housed in a 1,600-square-foot building. In addition to the lab, the building will include a classroom for teaching and public events, a storage facility for artifacts and research, a conference room and an outdoor seating area that can be used as a classroom or open-air plaza for community events.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Uzi Baram, New College of Florida
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