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Searching for ancient hurricanes

Here is a cool story about paleotempestology, the study of ancient storms.

A sea turtle bone protruded from the wall of an archaeological excavation at the Pineland Site Complex on Pine Island.

That bone, along with other evidence found in the pit, might prove that an intense hurricane pounded the island 1,700 years ago, said University of Florida graduate student Melissa Ayvaz, who is conducting the excavation.

“We have evidence from one portion of the site that most likely a storm happened, but we don’t know the extent of it,” Ayvaz said. “My work is to characterize the extent of the storm and determine if it was one event or multiple events.”

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Story: Kevin Lollar, News-Press | Photo: Sarah Coward, News-Press

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