Florida's Archaeology Threatened by Rising Seas

Sara Ayers-Rigsby

Course Description

 What do archaeologists know about life in Florida, and what evidence do they have? This course will explore 14,000 years of South Florida's buried past through photographs of recent archaeological work and an informative, engaging lecture focusing on archaeological sites located right here in South Florida. How do archaeologists use the scientific method to learn about the past, and what can we do now to ensure archaeological sites are protected as Floridians build a resilient future? This lecture will examine material recovered from archaeological sites and explore the impact of climate change on archaeological and other cultural sites.

About the Instructor

  • Sara Ayers-Rigsby, M.A. specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation. As the Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network's Southeast/Southwest Regions, Ayers-Rigsby is responsible for designing educational outreach and programming for Florida's southernmost nine counties, which comprise half of the state's population. Before beginning her role as Southeast/Southwest Regional Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, she spent ten years working as an archaeologist throughout the United States, with a regional focus on the archaeology of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. She earned her M.A. in Archaeology for Screen Media from the University of Bristol, UK, and her B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). Her research interests include public outreach and archaeology, resiliency, archaeological compliance legislation, and industrial archaeology in Florida. She loves visiting state parks, historical sites, and house museums in south Florida and is always thrilled to talk to others about them.

Upcoming programs presented by Sara Ayers-Rigsby.

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One-Time F1017 Sara Ayers-Rigsby Florida's Archaeology Threatened by Rising Seas
Monday, October 17: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm