AUGUSTA — The Daylilies and Cellar Holes: Reading Rural Landscapes will be the topic of the Kennebec Historical Society’s December Public Presentation set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Augusta City Center, 16 Cony St.

Rob Sanford will show slides of common landscape features ranging from plants and trees to stonewalls, cellar holes, and other altered landforms that show the dynamics of human-influenced change in the countryside. It will focus on some typical features and techniques for interpreting them as we process the “language” of the land in rural Maine.

Sanford, lives in Gorham with his wife Robin and son Morgan. He is chairman of the Department of Environmental Science & Policy at the University of Southern Maine, where he has worked since 1996. He has a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Science. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and first got interested in landscape history as a child roaming the woods and fields associated with the family dairy farm. Working for the New York State Research Foundation and in Vermont brought him to doing historical resource surveys along highways as part of Environmental Impact Assessments. These surveys provided practical experience in reading landscapes. He also has coauthored books on archaeology, environmental science and environmental planning.

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