Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS) Florida: Using Shoreline Monitoring along Florida’s Coast to Engage the Public

Author(s): Sara Ayers-Rigsby; Sarah Miller

Year: 2018

Summary

Coastal archaeological sites in Florida are being impacted at high rates by storm surge from hurricanes and sea level rise.  In 2015, the Florida Public Archaeology Network began beta testing an outreach program to engage the public through monitoring Florida’s coastal archaeological sites, which has now been activated throughout Florida.  Modeled after SCAPE’s Scotland Coastal Heritage at Risk Program (SCHARP) program, the goal of HMS Florida is to empower the public to observe and document change at these shoreline sites. 

This paper focuses on how training sessions for volunteers at historic settings like the Koreshan State Historic Site can help members of the general public from a diverse background engage with Florida's archaeology and protect coastal resources.   Engaging the public in protecting Florida’s beaches and significant heritage sites is critical to the state’s future, and viability as a tourist destination.

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Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS) Florida: Using Shoreline Monitoring along Florida’s Coast to Engage the Public. Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Sarah Miller. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441435)

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