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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host - Discoveries from Native American Shell Middens
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421
On Cape Cod, large shell-bearing archaeological sites have been examined by archeologists since the 1860s and were thought to be only used for refuse disposal. Only recently, has this come into question.Join University of Massachusetts Ph.D. candidate and Eastern Connecticut State University adjunct faculty member Katie Kirakosian, at Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitor Center Auditorium in Eastham on Saturday, October 15 at 2 PM to learn about this subject. Ms. Kirakosian will discuss how studying these sites, contributes to our understanding of the Native American people of Cape Cod, and sheds light on the importance of shellfish to them for over 3,000 years. The program is free, accessible, and open to the public.
If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning; and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs, check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco. Follow us on Twitter @CapeCodNPS.
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Did You Know?
Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.