Sponsored by: Cobscook Community Learning Center; Maine Midden Minders
Maine’s coastal heritage spans thousands of years with the indigenous hunters/gatherers/fishers who relied on the rich resources of the region’s ocean, coastline, marshes, and adjacent forests. The record of their occupation and the environment in which they lived is preserved in shell middens. However, these valuable archives are disappearing as sea-level rise and changing weather patterns impact the Maine coast. The Maine Midden Minders seek to engage local citizens individually and conservation organizations to monitor and document change at coastal shell middens, and to record shell midden information for future research.