Shetland Islands Dune Project

In the summer of 2011, Alice and Joe Kelley, along with graduate student, Lee Sorrell, began a 3 year project in the Shetland Islands to study the dune field that buried a community in Quendale in coastal sand in the 17th Century.

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The modern beach is stable, but at times in the past, storms or human disturbance allowed sand to blow miles from the coast.

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We used ground-penetrating radar to study the internal structure of the dunes as well as to search for new sites.

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In other locations in the area there are sand-buried sites going back to Neolithic times. This project will continue in the summer, 2012 with coring.

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