Ancient Oysters and Modern Messes: How Archaeology Can Help Clean Up Chesapeake Bay
Speaker: Leslie Reeder-Myers (Temple University anthropologist)
Summary: Oysters struggle to grow in the Rhode River today, but dozens of archaeological sites full of oyster shells tell us that they were once plentiful. These sites show how Native Americans used the abundant resources of Chesapeake Bay for thousands of years, and how the relationship between people and the Bay has shifted over the past few centuries. In this talk, anthropologist Leslie Reeder-Myers will explore how Chesapeake environments and cultures have changed, and investigate a few archaeological clues about what we could do differently today.
This talk is part of SERC's "Science and History on the Bay" winter evening lecture series. Lectures start at 7pm; light refreshments at 6:30. Free and open to all!