On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency

2588
Santa Cruz Island Archaeological Threatened
Torben Rick, curator of anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, surveys Santa Cruz Island. Photo by Jabin Botsford, Los Angeles Times

Summary of On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency

Santa Cruz Island is home to one North America’s oldest villages. The significant cultural material is at risk of being destroyed by rising seas and strong storms.

A joint effort by the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Oregon, Chumash tribal leaders, and the Nature Conservancy has produced an important archaeological evaluation of Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands, located off the shore of California.

In the past few weeks, archaeologists have begun taking a full account of the endangered sites on the shore. This will create a baseline for experts to monitor the destruction of the archaeological resources.

Due to the urgency of the situation, the team of conservationists are recording and salvaging as many artifacts and remains as possible. A code system has been created and currently eight sites hold a “code red” distinction, meaning they house irreplaceable cultural material in impending danger.

Read more On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency

 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.