The Importance of the Ringling Legacy
Ron McCarty, Curator and Keeper of Ca’d’Zan

Mr. McCarty reviews the lives of two of the community’s most beloved patrons of the arts, John and Mable Ringling with some additional information on Charles and Edith Ringling as well. The family came to Sarasota in 1911 and later transformed the area into an upscale resort town that is still enjoyed by thousands today.

Ron has been a member of the curatorial staff at the John and Mable Ringling Museum for the last 36 years with the Ca’d’Zan restoration as part of his responsibilities. He has written “The Work of Dwight James Baum” for Acanthus Press, “The Ca’d’Zan; Ringling’s Venetian Palace” for Scala Publications” and a new book “Ca’d’Zan; A Pictorial Guide to the Ringling Mansion” which is due out after this year .


Excavating the Byzantine Church at Tel Kerioth
Dr. Steven Derfler
Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc.

The Arad Archaeology Center of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, Hamline University of St. Paul MN, and Educational Resources, Inc. of St. Paul MN, excavated the Byzantine Church at Tel Kerioth. It is located at the foot of Mt. Amassa, at the southern end of the Judean Hills, overlooking the Arad Basin. During these summers, a total of 96 volunteers and students from around the world and Israel participated in this project.
The site of Tel Kerioth is perhaps the hometown of one of the disciples of Jesus (Yehuda, ish Kriyot). The church was apparently built after the earthquake of 363 CE, paralleling other Christian religious structures built in Palestine after this time. The church building’s final destruction came as a result of an earthquake in 747/8 CE.; one that devastated the Jordan River Valley.
An international educational consultant, public speaker, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer, Dr. Derfler has been uncovering the histories of Ancient Civilizations for 40 years. Tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean countries, Dr. Derfler brings insight to current political and social events, bridging the past with the future to promote greater understanding between people from different faiths and walks of life.

SEPTEMBER 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO: The Trojan War: The Myth vs. the Reality

“The Trojan War: The Myth vs. the Reality “
Dr. David Miano
Professor, State College of Florida

For over 3,000 years, the tale of the Trojan War pitting the Greeks against the Trojans has provided one of the richest sources of inspiration in art and literature for the inheritors of the Classical tradition. The question remains, however, did the war really happen? And if so, did it play out as the legends tell us? In this presentation, Dr. David Miano will walk us through both the myth and the history of the Trojan War, and he will show how not only archaeology, but even the legends themselves, can be used as a window into the values and culture of the ancient Greeks.
David Miano is a historian of antiquity, specializing in the histories of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and is the author of a number of books geared towards scholars and the classroom, and including “How to Know Stuff”, a little e-book designed for the general public. Dr. Miano currently teaches at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. His website is:

JANUARY 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO- Archaeology Year in Review 2016

By Darwin “Smitty” Smith,Vice President of Time Sifters

Returning for the third year, Time Sifters VP “Smitty” Smith presents the 2016 archaeological year in review. Smitty reviews dozens of significant reports of archaeological discoveries around the world before narrowing it down to eight to present to us. He reminds us there is more to archaeology than just the classical civilizations, and his presentation tries to capture how large the field of discovery has become. He also highlights some of the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The videos in the presentation played without sound in the above video. The links to them are below.

Video one for the Plaque Pit – Crossrail

Video two for Page-Ladson Site

Video three about the Philistines