Program Details

Florida's Archaeology Threatened by Rising Seas - Delray Beach

Sara Ayers-Rigsby

Course Description

OLLI at FAU on location in Delray Beach! The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, which is now operating Old School Square, is hosting OLLI at FAU for a special series of lectures at the Square. The lectures will focus on South Florida climate and coastal issues. Join us at the Vintage Gym located at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue) in Downtown Delray Beach.  Free parking at the Old School Parking Garage located at 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, FL 33444.
Enjoy a day in Delray, come for the lecture and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants located along the Square!

What do archaeologists know about life in Florida, and what evidence do they have? This course will explore 14,000 years of South Florida's buried past through photographs of recent archaeological work and an informative, engaging lecture focusing on archaeological sites located right here in South Florida. How do archaeologists use the scientific method to learn about the past, and what can we do now to ensure archaeological sites are protected as Floridians build a resilient future? This lecture will examine material recovered from archaeological sites and explore the impact of climate change on archaeological and other cultural sites.

About the Instructor

  • Sara Ayers-Rigsby, M.A. specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation. As the Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network's Southeast/Southwest Regions, Ayers-Rigsby is responsible for designing educational outreach and programming for Florida's southernmost nine counties, which comprise half of the state's population. Before beginning her role as Southeast/Southwest Regional Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, she spent ten years working as an archaeologist throughout the United States, with a regional focus on the archaeology of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. She earned her M.A. in Archaeology for Screen Media from the University of Bristol, UK, and her B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). Her research interests include public outreach and archaeology, resiliency, archaeological compliance legislation, and industrial archaeology in Florida. She loves visiting state parks, historical sites, and house museums in south Florida and is always thrilled to talk to others about them.