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Experience Counts: Solutions Historical Archaeologists Can Provide in Response to Climate Change

Author(s): Sara F. Mascia

Year: 2016

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For well over a century Historical Archaeologists have been faced with the persistent problem of losing archaeological sites to development.  Recently, another challenge has come to the forefront – how these sites are being adversely affected by climate change.   Many of the problems encountered were the result of either increased coastal flooding or flooding in areas where former watercourses have been diverted, altered, or filled to accommodate development.   In the last decade, requests for assistance with the creation of historic site preservation plans, that specifically provide appropriate preparations to prevent impacts related to fluctuating climate conditions, have increased.   As practitioners of a discipline that has always worked to identify threats and establish appropriate mitigation plans, historical archaeologists are in a unique position to work with community planners, government agencies and property owners to provide solutions and insight into the preservation of climate-endangered archaeological and historic resources in the coming decades.

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Experience Counts: Solutions Historical Archaeologists Can Provide in Response to Climate Change. Sara F. Mascia. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435014)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 857

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America