Dr. Lovis Awarded Grant for Synthetic Environmental Archaeological Research at Sleeping Bear Dunes

William Lovis, with colleagues Alan Arbogast (MSU Geography), and G. William Monaghan (Indiana U/Indiana Geological Survey) have been awarded a $40,996 grant titled Synthesis of Landscape Evolution, Human Use, and Management of Site 20LU115, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.  This research team brings the perspectives of environmental archaeology, dune geomorphology, and glacial landscape evolution to bear on a common problem. The grant, from the Midwest Archaeological Center, U.S. National Park Service, and the Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU) is already in force and will run through early 2017.  The award will fund multidisciplinary research synthesizing information from remote sensing, advanced dating methods, and environmental evolutionary landscape reconstruction into a heritage management framework for a Wilderness Area archaeological site potentially endangered by contemporary climate change.

East side of the paleosol exposure that defines the edge of main blow-out (right). Looking S.