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University of Tennessee Florida Everglades research to help climate change mitigation
Date:1/28/2014

global climate change is of great importance if we are to understand, predict, and mitigate future changes," Cyr said.

Through the analysis of sediment cores and material collected from archaeological test units on tree islandsslight elevations in the grassy watersthe archaeologists will investigate the development of these islands. They also will look at the relationship between the prehistoric landscape and the people living on the island at the time, and the effect of environmental change on archaeological sites and their artifacts. The artifacts chronicle approximately 6,000 years of human experience and include ceramic pottery, worked shell and bone objects, and various wooden artifacts originating with Native Americans as well as shipwrecks, pioneer homesteads and even a Cold War era Nike missile site.

"Climate change effects such as sea level rise and increased salinity can harm fragile archaeological sites around the Everglades, washing away pieces of human history," Cyr said.


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Contact: Whitney Heins
wheins@utk.edu
865-974-5460
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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