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University of Florida
Laboratory of Southeastern Archeology
Call for Volunteers
December 19 & 20, 2019
We are looking for volunteers from the Cedar Key community to help in our efforts to conserve and document the Atsena Otie Cemetery. If you are interested in volunteering your time and learning more about the archaeological process of documenting historical sites, please consider volunteering for this project. You may get in touch with us directly or sign up via the link provided (below). We expect the project to take two days of fieldwork. You may sign up for as many days as you like; any cancellations due to weather or other circumstances will be communicated the night before via email or phone (whichever you prefer).
We will meet at the gazebo in the Cedar Key Park near the marina at 8 am each day of fieldwork, boat transportation will be provided to and from the island. Volunteers should come prepared to work outdoors (bug spray, sunscreen, warm clothes/gloves are encouraged). Work days will be around 6-7 hours long, so volunteers should come prepared with water and lunch. Snacks and additional water will be provided as well. The fieldwork will predominately involve trimming vegetation, cleaning headstones, and otherwise preparing for detailed mapping and photography.
About the AOAP: The Atsena Otie Archaeological Project (AOAP), under the direction of UF’s Ken Sassaman, aims to mobilize historical knowledge about past hurricanes in the Cedar Key area to raise public awareness about the future vulnerabilities of changing climate. The early stages of this project involved archival research and digital mapping of the island of Atsena Otie, the primary focus of study. Cemetery clean-up will be followed by detailed mapping and photogrammetry. Data collected will help us to create a 3D reconstruction of Atsena Otie prior to and after the 1896 hurricane event, allowing us to better understand the immediate and long-term effects of storm events on the island community.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us via phone or email, both of which are available on the link below.
Link to Sign Up Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v80zg5RNDF5bl9K0GM7hvPOKu96UwSjiUvkwXulcyzI/edit?usp=sharing