At Risk in Delaware: Nature and Culture in Conflict

Author(s): John P McCarthy

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Case Studies from SHA’s Heritage at Risk Committee" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Delaware is one of the most low-lying coastal regions in the country, and the state has experienced relative sea-level rise at the rate of approximately one inch a decade over the course of the 20th century.  Delaware has recognized as a matter of state policy that sea-level rise is a reality that has affected the state in the past and is likely to have a greater impact in the years to come.  This paper presents an overview of results of planning efforts that including modeling the effects of sea-level rise on the state’s natural and cultural resources.  Initiatives to identify and address the effects of sea-level rise have brought natural and cultural preservation values into conflict.

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At Risk in Delaware: Nature and Culture in Conflict. John P McCarthy. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 448962)

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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