Advocacy

We support legislative efforts and policies that help protect Florida’s historic and archaeological resources at the local, state and national level. We encourage our membership to contact their elected officials on these issues.

Join us at Archaeology Day at the Capitol

On January 29, 2018, archaeologists from around the state hosted an archaeology fair in the lobby at the Capitol to raise awareness of Florida’s cultural resources. This annual event is a great opportunity to promote preservation issues to your legislative delegation. Contact Barbara Clark if you’d like to join us in 2019.

Isolated Finds in Florida

The Isolated Finds program (in place between 1994-2005) allowed people to collect isolated artifacts from State-owned lands provided they reported their finds to the State Division of Historic Resources. The program was ultimately terminated due to low reporting numbers (78% noncompliance; only 7 individuals were actually reporting finds) and issues with site destruction (in some cases, artifacts were being removed from known sites, rather than collected as isolated artifacts). FAS supports efforts to remove language in historic preservation legislation that allows for this program to operate on state-owned lands. Instead of an artifact collecting program, we support the participation of our members and the public in archaeological endeavors in Florida that are ethical, sustainable and provide well-researched information for the public benefit.

To learn about the Isolated Finds Program and recent legislative efforts to remove language allowing for the program, please see the following resources.

History of the Isolated Finds Program

Feasibility Report on a one-time Artifact Amnesty Program

FPAN’s FAQ on Collecting Artifacts from State Land

Full text and updates on HB 6041 

Full text and updates on SB 1296

ADVOCACY TOOLKIT

Florida One-pager: (work in progress – will have ready by March)

Knowing the Difference between Advocacy and Lobbying webinar, Cultural Heritage Partners Advocating and Lobbying as a nonprofit Webinar from Heritage Coalition

Find Your Representatives

 

OTHER RESOURCES AND ADVOCACY GROUPS

Archaeology Advocacy Alert Network Facebook Group

Coalition for American Heritage

Florida Archaeological Preservation Association