Archaeological and Environmental Science Research on Coastal Sand Disasters in Northern Scotland

Posted July 25, 2013, at 8:24 a.m.
Last modified July 25, 2013, at 10:23 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Rd., Steuben, Maine

For more information: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821;

Environmental Archaeologist Dr. Gerald Bigelow of Bates College will explain how every year more archaeological sites are discovered on North Scottish coasts as sandy shorelines are eroded by the wind and sea. Research on these sites has demonstrated that humans lived on coastal dune systems during some periods and abandoned those environments at other times. This presentation will discuss the archaeology of Northern Scotland’s coastal sands, focusing on the Shetland Islands, where a multidisciplinary research project is investigating the roles played by climate change in the burial of human settlements by blowing sand over the past thousand years.