Ancient Oysters and Modern Messes: How Archaeology Can Help Clean the Bay

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Thursday February 3

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2021 
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture 
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

  • Oysters struggle to grow in much of the upper Chesapeake Bay today, but thousands of archaeological sites full of oyster shells tell us that they were once plentiful.
  • These sites show how Indigenous people fished the Bay for thousands of years, and how the relationship between people and the Bay has shifted over the past few centuries.
  • Address how Chesapeake environments and cultures have changed, and investigate a few archaeological clues about what we could do differently today.

Presenter: Leslie Reeder-Myers | Assistant Professor - Department of Anthropology at Temple University

Registration Required.

  • Upon registration, you will receive two emails: one confirmation email with your receipt and the link to join the Zoom lecture and one e-ticket email.
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Cost: $10 General Admission; FREE for AMM Members First Mate and above ($150).

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Tracey Neikirk at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website. 

About the Presenter: Leslie Reeder-Myers is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University and the director of Temple's Anthropology Laboratory and Museum. As an archaeologist and geographer, Reeder-Myers studies the impact of sea-level rise and climate change on coastal populations in the past.