Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Researchers Help Guard Sunken Tribe Artifacts From Turbines

Dec. 15, 2014. University of Rhode Island professor John King and his team  extract core samples from underwater sediment deposits in Apponaug Cove  on the waters of Greenwich Bay in Warwick, RI.  Image Courtesy of Phys.org.
Dec. 15, 2014. University of Rhode Island professor John King and his team
extract core samples from underwater sediment deposits in Apponaug Cove
on the waters of Greenwich Bay in Warwick, RI.
 Image Courtesy of Phys.org.
February, 9, 2015.
Jennifer Mcdermott, of Phys.org, has written an informative article about the relationship between the Narragansett Indian TribeDeepwater Wind, and the University of Rhode Island in their efforts to preserve tribal history below water.

"Providence-based Deepwater Wind is planning what could be the nation's first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island. But federal regulators and Native Americans worry that wind turbines could inadvertently be parked on top of the sunken lands where Native Americans lived thousands of years ago.

Narragansett Indian Tribe oral history holds that they lived on land that is now off Rhode Island's shore more than 15,000 years ago until their villages were inundated by water and they had to evacuate. Sea level was about 400 feet lower globally during the last Ice Age and what is now covered by water was once dry land.

With the help of the tribe, researchers are trying to figure out the best way of searching the ocean floor to identify ancient archaeological sites so they aren't disturbed."

To read the full articleclick here.

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