For Immediate Release Sept. 8, 2005

Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218,
Writer: Emily Banks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History Curator in Archaeology Jerald Milanich will be awarded the second place Ken Meeker Travel Writer Award Sept. 13 for his “Water World” article, which appeared in the September-October 2004 issue of “Archaeology Magazine.”

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce presents the annual travel writer awards to the top three articles about tourist destinations in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands area. The competition is open to journalists worldwide. In addition to the award, Milanich also will receive a $500 cash prize.

During his career, which spans more than three decades, Milanich has published more than 190 books, articles and other publications, received 64 academic grants and supervised more than 100 graduate students — many who currently practice archaeology in Florida and throughout the Americas. His role as Bullen Series editor for the University Press of Florida, as well as other editorial positions, have helped disseminate Florida archaeology information globally.

Milanich has held various appointed and elected positions in the professional archaeological community, including president of the Society of Professional Archaeologists from 1981-1982 and president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference from 1986-1988. He also was named among the University of Florida’s top researchers in 1987. Milanich received a Medalist Award in 2004 by the Florida Academy of Sciences and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Archaeological Council in 2005.


The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online,