Alice Kelley of the University of Maine speaks about her research on the ancient shell middens dotting Maine’s rivers.
Part of the Spring Talk series
Climate change, in the form of rising sea levels, increasing storm intensity, and growing numbers of freeze-thaw cycles are threatening coastal resources. While millions are spent to move lighthouses to safety, thousands of years of cultural and environmental information are disappearing as indigenous coastal shell middens are lost to the sea. This presentation will describe shell middens on the Maine coast, the record they archive, and the citizen science program that is being developed to monitor and document their erosion, as well as preserve information before it is lost.
Alice Kelley is an Associate Research Professor in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute. She is also an Instructor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and a Cooperating Assoc. Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He research interests are in the area of human/landscape interaction and cultural heritage preservation. She has also conducted research in Peru, the Shetlands, and Newfoundland.