Schoodic Institute invites the public to an evening presentation Friday, October 6, 2017 presented by Alice Kelley, Climate Change institute, University of Maine.
Currently, Maine is losing an important cultural and paleoenvironmental record as virtually all of the State’s 2,000+ shell middens are eroded by climate-change induced sea level rise. Composed largely of clam and oyster shells, these features also contain artifacts and faunal remains that record up to 5,000 years of past lifeways and environmental data for the coastal Gulf of Maine. With each storm, more is lost to the waves. A Maine Sea Grant funded project at the University of Maine is looking at ways to rapidly assess the condition of existing middens and develop strategies to monitor and rescue erosion loss of these important archives of the past.