Public outreach is a staple of our research design. Our work is important because it ultimately serves the public by protecting cultural resources through research and education. Therefore, we are dedicated to our overarching goal of educating others while establishing new methodologies to identify submerged archaeological sites and utilizing advanced technologies in the presentation of our results to the public. We have dedicated Mr. Andrew J. Van Slyke to our public outreach efforts.
Our Public Outreach Plan has a social media component in order to communicate to our followers in real-time. We have set-up a suite of social media accounts to promote this project’s work. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube will be utilized by our Public Outreach specialist to share the project’s archaeological experiences with interested parties. Telepresence, Facebook Live, Live on Instagram, and Live Tweeting will capture our archaeological process creating an experience for the public that engages our audience while educating others on cultural resources as means to protect archaeological resources.
Our dedicated public outreach specialist is equipped and experienced in the establishment of virtual Maritime Heritage Trails which would be accessible through the project’s website. Maritime Heritage Trails interpret cultural resources for the public and encourage heritage tourism as well as the conservation and preservation of archaeological sites. The Gulf of Mexico Paleo-Landscape Maritime Heritage Trail will be created for archaeological sites are discovered throughout the project and would specifically help the public better understand the relationship between humanity and climate change, in Florida, over the past 15,000 years. A Gulf of Mexico Paleo-Landscape Maritime Heritage Trail would be a specific tab or page inside the project’s website that provides terrestrial, underwater, and aerial photography and context of the site’s we worked on with this grant. The trail would consist of contextual narratives that inform the public of our scientific research in the Gulf of Mexico and its importance to how humans adapted to sea-level rise. The locations of archaeological sites would be protected but it is our project’s largest goal to make the public more aware of the importance of these sites in the understanding of human adaptation to sea-level rise in, on, or around waterways in Florida. We plan to establish signage at boat ramps near our project area to encourage the public to visit our website, experience the maritime heritage trail, and follow our social media accounts to be informed about our future SPLASH projects in real-time.