Weather Beaten Archaeology in Sligo, Ireland

A few of the many presenters at the WBA conference at IT Sligo

A few of the many presenters at the WBA conference at IT Sligo

Over March 7-8 Marc was able to participate in the Weather Beaten Archaeology conference at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland. This conference represents among the first such gatherings of archaeologists, heritage managers and professionals, and climate scientists to discuss the impacts of a changing climate on cultural resources, particularly those in coastal settings.

A packed house for Tom Dawson's discussion of the SCAPE project

A packed house for Tom Dawson’s discussion of the SCAPE project

From the outstanding array of speakers were representatives from Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Wales, Northern Ireland, Iceland and, ourselves, Canada. While geographically spread across the whole of the North Atlantic, the issues raised by each presenter was echoed throughout the conference, that coastal archaeological sites are especially vulnerable to a changing climate and increased storminess and that the urgent protection and preservation of these resources is a complex challenge.

A field trip out to 'Shelly Valley' in Strandhill - a staggering concentration of prehistoric shell middens amongst a massive coastal dune system

A field trip out to ‘Shelly Valley’ in Strandhill – a staggering concentration of exposed prehistoric shell middens amongst a massive coastal dune system

Hopefully, following on from this conference, the CARRA project will take part in the wider, international community of researchers investigating and trialling approaches to identify, prioritise, and protect our vulnerable shared cultural heritage.

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