Saving the past from the future

Rowland, Mike (2008) Saving the past from the future. Historic Environment, 21 (1). pp. 19-29.

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Australian archaeologists and cultural heritage managers have shown limited interest in the impact of human induced global warming on cultural heritage. The issue has also failed to find a significant place on government and non-government climate change agendas. This is not surprising since archaeologists are aware that past climates have varied on natural cycles that range from 100,000 years to decades and also that humans have adapted to such changes. Cultural heritage managers are also called on to give priority to a range of other natural and human impacts on cultural heritage. Principal threats to heritage places are the same as those endangering biodiversity and we should therefore become involved on a multidisciplinary basis with scientists and planners dealing with these issues. One approach is to develop geoindicators to monitor changes that take account of a range of human and natural impacts, including potential global warming, and develop risk maps and a strategic approach to management. Aspects of this approach are briefly demonstrated by reference to the Keppel Islands off the central Queensland coast.

Item ID: 31933
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0726-6715
Keywords: archaeology; climate change; cultural heritage management; Keppel Islands; Great Barrier Reef; islands; island archaeology
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 06:17
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 100%
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