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Public Archaeology and Climate Change


By: Tom Dawson(Editor), Courtney Nimura(Editor), Elías López-Romero(Editor), Marie-Yvane Daire(Editor)

208 pages, colour & b/w illustrations

Oxbow Books

Paperback | Nov 2017 | #236771 | ISBN-13: 9781785707049
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Public Archaeology and Climate Change promotes new approaches to studying and managing sites threatened by climate change, specifically actions that engage communities or employ `citizen science' initiatives. Researchers and heritage managers around the world are witnessing severe challenges and developing innovative mechanisms for dealing with them. Increasingly archaeologists are embracing practices learned from the natural heritage sector, which has long worked with the public in practical recording projects. By involving the public in projects and making data accessible, archaeologists are engaging society in the debate on threatened heritage and in wider discussions on climate change. Community involvement also underpins wider climate change adaptation strategies, and citizen science projects can help to influence and inform policy makers. Developing threats to heritage are being experienced around the world, and as this collection of papers will show, new partnerships and collaborations are crossing national boundaries. With examples from across the globe, this selection of 18 papers detail the scale of the problem through a variety of case studies. Together they demonstrate how heritage professionals, working in diverse environments and with distinctive archaeology, are engaging with the public to raise awareness of this threatened resource. Contributors examine differing responses and proactive methodologies for the protection, preservation and recording of sites at risk from natural forces and demonstrate how new approaches can better engage people with sites that are under increasing threat of destruction, thus contributing to the resilience of our shared heritage.


- Introduction. Courtney Nimura, Tom Dawson, Elías López-Romero & Marie-Yvane Daire
- The growing vulnerability of World Heritage to rapid climate change and the challenge of managing for an uncertain future. Adam Markham
- A central role for communities: limate change and coastal heritage management in Scotland. Tom Dawson
- Improving management responses to coastal change: utilising sources from archaeology, maps, charts, photographs and art. Garry Momber, Lauren Tidbury, Julie Satchell & Brandon Mason
- Community recording and monitoring of vulnerable sites in England. Eliott Wragg, Nathalie Cohen, Gustav Milne, Stephanie Ostrich & Courtney Nimura
- Challenged by an archaeologically educated public in Wales. Claudine Gerrard
- The men and women behind the MASC Project (Monitoring the Archaeology of Sligo's Coastline): engaging local stakeholder groups to monitor vulnerable coastal archaeology in Ireland. James Bonsall & Sam Moore
- Recovering information from eroding and destroyed coastal archaeological sites: a crowdsourcing initiative in Northwest Iberia. Elías López-Romero, Xosé Ignacio Vilaseco Vázquez, Patricia Mañana-Borrazás & Alejandro Güimil-Fariña
- Coastal erosion and public archaeology in Brittany, France: recent experiences from the Alert project. Pau Olmos Benlloch, Elías López-Romero & Marie-Yvane Daire
- Climate change and the preservation of archaeological sites in Greenland. Jørgen Hollesen, Henning Matthiesen, Christian Koch Madsen, Bo Albrechtsen, Aart Kroon & Bo Elberling
- Gufuskálar: a medieval commercial fishing station in Western Iceland. Lilja Pálsdóttir & Frank J. Feeley
- Every place has a climate story: finding and sharing climate change stories with cultural heritage. Marcy Rockman & Jakob Maase
- Racing against time: preparing for the impacts of climate change on California’s archaeological resources. Michael Newland, Sandra Pentney, Reno Franklin, Nick Tipon, Suntayea Steinruck, Jeannine Pedesen-Guzman & Jere H. Lipps
- Threatened heritage and community archaeology on Alaska’s North Slope. Anne M. Jensen
- Cultural heritage under threat: the effects of climate change on the small island of Barbuda, Lesser Antilles. Sophia Perdikaris, Allison Bain, Rebecca Boger, Sandrine Grouard, Anne-Marie Faucher, Vincent Rousseau, Reaksha Persaud, Stéphane Noël & Matthew Brown
- Archaeological heritage on the Atlantic coast of Uruguay: heritage policies and challenges for its management in coastal protected areas. Camila Gianotti, Andrés Gascue, Laura del Puerto, Hugo Inda & Eugenia Villarmarzo
- Australian Indigenous rangers managing the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage sites. Bethune Carmichael, Sally Brockwell, Greg Wilson, Ivan Namarnyilk, Sean Nadji, Jacqueline Cahill & Deanne Bird. With contributions by Victor Rostron, Patricia Gibson, Jonathon Nadji, Jeffrey Lee, Fred Hunter, Jimmy Marimowa, Natasha Nadji & Kadeem May

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Tom Dawson is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Since coming to Scotland in 2000, his two main research interests have been the management of heritage sites at risk from coastal erosion and the integration of archaeological work undertaken by communities with that of academics and professionals. He has managed two community initiatives, Shorewatch and the Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk Project, winner of two British Archaeological Awards in 2014 and has published widely on coastal and community archaeology, and is the editor of Coastal Archaeology and Erosion in Scotland

Courtney Nimura is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford and Assistant Editor of the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Her principal research interests are in Scandinavian rock art, Celtic art, Bronze Age and Iron Age society, and maritime and intertidal archaeology.

Elías López-Romero currently holds a Junior Chair in Neolithic Societies at the LaScArBx Cluster of Excellence, Universite de Bordeaux, France. His research focuses on the megalithic monuments and landscapes of the European Atlantic facade, landscape archaeology, and coastal and island archaeology. He has carried out fieldwork and research on these topics in Spain, Portugal, France and Britain and is author of a wide range of publications.

Marie-Yvane Daire is senior researcher in the National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS, France, and is affiliated with the Centre de Recherche en Archeologie, Archeosciences, Histoire (CReAAH) research team in Rennes.

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