Tue, Sep 05|
Flagler Room at Flagler College
September Member Meeting
Join SAAA for a presentation by Dr. Jessica A. Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College for her talk, "What Can the Shell Tell? Oysters & Archaeology." SAAA lectures are free and open to the public!
Time & Location
Sep 05, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084, USA
About the event
Thousands of oyster middens and mounds filled with billions of oyster shells line the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America. In the past, archaeologists did not pay much attention to these shells except to note their presence, oftentimes not even collecting them in the field. Recently, archaeologists have begun to use archaeological oyster shells to address important questions about past lifeways and human-environmental interactions. In this talk, I will describe my research in Florida and Virginia that centers on questions related to past oyster harvesting, processing, and deposition practices. Major themes in my research include the investigation of past common pool resource management practices, the role of shellfish harvesting in the development of complex socio-ecological systems, and how past practices can inform modern policy and sustainability efforts on the Gulf Coast and in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.