Schoodic Institute hosting lecture

WINTER HARBOR — The Schoodic Institute invites the public to an evening presentation on Friday, Oct. 6, by Alice Kelley of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

Kelley’s talk, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the institute’s Moore Auditorium, is titled “Lost to the Sea: Maine’s Ancient Coastal Heritage.”

Currently, Maine is losing an important cultural and paleoenvironmental record, as virtually all of the state’s 2,000-plus 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.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For more information, call 288-1310.

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