Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    The Florida Public Archaeology Network Southeast and East Central Regions unite! Last month the East Central Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network traveled to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum to assist the Southeast Region with their Heritage Monitoring Scout training.

Beginning setup for prospective Scouts

Peter DeWitt addresses the Scouts

     The morning session consisted of an introduction of the HMS Florida program as a citizen science program. Peter DeWitt with the Bureau of Land Management continued with an overview of the affect climate change continues to have on the local natural area. Sara-Ayers Rigsby, Regional Director of the Southeast and Southwest regions of FPAN, addressed prospective Scouts regarding the need for the HMS Florida program.

Scouts look at artifacts brought by Chris Davenport

A Scout observes some artifacts brought by Chris Davenport

Caitlin Sawyer takes notes during the morning session lectures

     A practicum session followed the morning lectures. Scouts were led across the Lighthouse grounds closest to the beach line by Amanda Dixon, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Program Coordinator, and Mallory Fenn, FPAN Southeast Outreach Coordinator. 

Kevin Gidusko talks the Scouts through the HMS form process

     Kevin Gidusko, FPAN East Central Outreach Coordinator, addressed the issue of sea level rise affecting cultural resources. Kevin also led Scouts through the registration process of creating a Scout ID, Scout missions, and how to fill out the HMS Florida form for each site visited. 
        Other featured talks like the "Laws Important to Monitoring Cultural Sites" and "Common Artifacts in Southeast Florida" were led by Sara-Ayers Rigsby and Chris Davenport. 
Amanda Dixon examines a piece of  ceramic
Sara-Ayers Rigsby addresses the Scouts during the practicum session
Sara-Ayers Rigsby introduces the HMS Florida program
You can still create your HMS Florida Scout ID and join this growing program! 

Text and pictures: Caitlin Sawyer

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