Every year in March, Florida celebrates Florida Archaeology Month (FAM). FAS chapters, archaeologists, heritage professionals, museums, historical societies, and interested members of the public come together to promote and celebrate Florida’s archaeological sites and knowledge about the past through events, workshops, lectures, and public archaeology days.
This year we are highlighting community-based archaeology, which centers community members in guiding research that is important and relevant to them! We try to highlight examples of archaeology that place communities at the center of the work, especially communities who have not traditionally relied on archaeology to inform them about their pasts. This year is also a call to action to continue important dialogues and begin a wholesale shift in archaeological practice. For archaeology to be relevant, now and in the coming decades, the goals of a community-based approach must be at the top of our archaeology tool kit.