Session: #97

Theme & Session Format

2. Pandemics and climate change: responses to global challenges
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Redrawing Lines in the Sand: New Archaeological Approaches to Addressing Climate Impacts [CCH]
The pandemic and the global response has brought modern society’s resilience and capacity to change into sharp focus and forced us to confront our ability to respond effectively – or not – to such global crises. Modern climate change poses an even greater and more fundamental challenge. It is already affecting our society with far ranging impacts. These can be mild, such as people having to alter commutes due to heavy rains, or severe, such as entire communities forced to move permanently or at least evacuate temporarily. Climate change is radically altering cultural heritage as well. Impacts to historic properties and archaeological sites are destroying legacies of communities across the globe, and these impacts will worsen as temperatures and sea levels rise.
This session aims to reflect on how archaeology as a sector can adapt to these challenges and contribute to a wider societal response. It will examine how archaeologists can adjust our approaches and embrace innovative techniques to help us more effectively respond to increasingly urgent climate driven threats. This session will invite papers which consider issues such as prioritisation in the face of unstoppable loss, how to ensure representation of a diversity of voices in assessing the significance of heritage, and the development of pro-active approaches to address the threat of loss.
climate change impacts, heritage prioritisation, global crises response
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CHH - Climate Change and Heritage


Main organiser:
Vibeke Martens (Norway) 1
Sara Ayers-Rigsby (United States) 2
Elinor Graham (United Kingdom) 3
1. NIKU - Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
2. Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida Atlantic University Anthropology Department
3. Department of Archaeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen