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The Early Cape Codders - Insights from Archeological Research with Frank MacManamon

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Date: June 20, 2011
Contact: Sue Haley, Interpretive Ranger, 508-255-3421, ext. 15

What was life like for the people who lived on Cape Cod thousands of years ago. Learn about early inhabitants and their lives during a presentation by Dr. Frank McManamon on Tuesday, June 28th at 7 PM, at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Dr. McManamon will piece together how early inhabitants lived on Cape Cod based on extensive research, insights, and findings from Fort Hill, Wellfleet Harbor, and High Head. The program is free, accessible, and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Dr. McManamon conducted many of Cape Cod National Seashore's significant archeological surveys in the 1980s. He has spent decades protecting and promoting North America's archaeological legacy. His most recent professional publication is the four-volume encyclopedia, Archaeology in America (Greenwood Press, 2009), a four-volume encyclopedia for which he is the general editor.He retired as Chief Archeologist of the National Park Service. Now, in his role as executive director of the Center for Digital Antiquity at Arizona State University, he is leading a two-fold effort in the field of archaeology: the development of an international repository, and the accessibility of digital archaeological images, reports, and other information for public use.

Dr. McManamon has conducted archeological investigations in eastern North America, western Europe, and Micronesia.He has special interests in archaeological resource management, and

the long-term access to and preservation of archaeological data.He served as an expert memberof the United States delegations to UNESCO negotiations on illegal artifact trafficking and the protection of underwater archeological resources. 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 5 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 50thh 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 call 508-255-3421, or check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

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.