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Climate Change Affects Archaeological Sites in Palm Beach County

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Long before Ponce de Leon arrived in Florida, natives called Palm Beach County and many other archaeological sites. The county has many people related to the senatorial people. However, the climate changesSome of them may be affected sites.

The South Florida Regional ClimateChange Compact has created an action plan for coordinated climate action in Southeast Florida. Researchers from Lynn University in Boca Raton conducted a study and found that sea levels were rising. Some areas may be affected in Palm Beach County.

Dr. Alanna Lacher is an associate professor and geologist at Lynn University. She was co-author of the published study. in the journal Southeastern Archeology in 2021.

While studies of the long-term impacts of sea level rise have been done, the Lecher Archaeological Sites claim this is the one that’s different.

“Most of the other studies have to do with what she calls flooding from above. “Our study showed that the artifacts started to get wet from groundwater that seeped in from below. As artifacts are repeatedly wet and dry, this makes them much more fragile and susceptible to breakage during excavation.

April Watson, Lecher’s fellow archaeologist, and her team worked with a group of Lynn University students on two digs. South Inlet Park sites in Boca Raton. Their findings showed that groundwater was the most important element of life. immerse yourself in the sites in They were able to retain water long before being inundated by rising sea levels.

“It may take 100, 300, 400 years for this site to be flooded by the ocean, but now these sites are already impacted by rising groundwater,” Lecher said.

They excavated part of a shell pile – also known as the mound of waste – consisting mostly of oysters and conch, likely left behind by the indigenous Jeaga people. The mound is covered in dry vine leaves 10 feet from the park’s play area.

“I’m sure a lot of kids come and play here and don’t realize it’s here,” Lecher said. “And that, I think. Many stories relate to archaeological sites in the state of Florida.

Sara Ayers-Rigsby is Director of the Southeast and Southwest Regions of the Florida Public Archeology Network. Their mission is to promote the conservation and public understanding of Florida’s archaeological heritage.

“There’s not a lot of public education about local archaeological history,” Ayers-Rigsby said. “Children learn archeology.” in Egypt, Greece and Rome, but they don’t necessarily learn what’s in it. They are their backyard. We are here to fill that gap.

Lecher and his colleagues found several artifacts, including fish vertebrae, fish skulls, deer, freshwater turtles and sea turtles, all smaller than the size of a fingernail.

What was the indigenous population of Jeaga? isNow Palm Beach County They can be found from Boca Raton to Jupiter Inlet. Ponce De Leon was the first to encounter them, when he reached the entrance to Jupiter. in the 1500s. Unfortunately, war, slavery, European disease and famine decimated the Jeaga people.

The South Florida Regional ClimateChange Compact is a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe. Palm Beachcounties to work together to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions, implement adaptation strategies, and build climate resilience in their communities and in the Southeast Florida region.

As part of the Compact’s Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, they want to identify and map historic and archaeological resources at risk, especially those that are sensitive to sea level rise and other natural disasters. These maps would be included in These documents include regional planning documents and comprehensive plans that will guide municipal and county governments in planning for climate adaptation.

Ayers – Rigsby played a central role in contributing to the development of the recommendations for the Archaeological Resources section of the plan.

Lecher and his team continue to identify all artifacts at the site. They are planning a follow-up study very soon.

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