Stabilize and Protect South Florida Archeological Sites with Integrated Ecosystem Restoration
Crowl, T (PI), Ogurcak, D., Parkinson, R.
National Park Service. September 2016-2017.
Cultural resource sites are found throughout South Florida in a variety of environmental settings. These sites date to both colonial and pre-colonial times and examples include burial mounds (e.g., Tequesta site on Totten Key in BNP), ancient engineering (e.g., Mud Lake Canal on Cape Sable in ENP), and shell middens in the Ten Thousand Islands (Parkinson 1989). Most sites are found in close proximity to the coastline or are embedded in surrounding wetlands. As a consequence, these sites are vulnerable to the effects of accelerating sea level rise and anthropogenic climate change that will bring higher tides, more frequent strong hurricanes, and increased erosion. Many of these sites are already undergoing degradation. As each site is found in a specific geomorphologic setting, the threats to sites vary spatially across south Florida. Prioritizing site stabilization requires identification of the unique settings in which each is found, an assessment of current and future threats, and a determination of possible management interventions.
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