California Archaeology and Climate Change

The Society for California Archaeology Prepares for Climate Change

Throughout the month of October, SCA volunteers from all over northern California met in Marin County to begin surveying the coastline in preparation for the pending impacts of climate change. The SCA focused on Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Over a hundred volunteers, including professional archaeologists, students from at least nine different universities, and avocationalists, gave time towards the effort. By the end of this first effort, the teams had covered over 30 miles of coastline and had surveyed over 2600 acres. Group camping was generously supplied by California State Parks and Point Reyes National Seashore. Round II is currently in preparation for April 2013, weather permitting, with a possible short survey effort in January. Contact SCA President