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Risk assesment underway in California

An article from the Los Angeles Times regarding a hands on assessment being undertaken on the Channel Islands, California, of their fast disappearing archaeological resources.

Native American artifacts on Santa Cruz Island threatened by rising sea levels

SoBI – Forteau Bay

Our Strait of Belle Isle (SoBI) investigations begin with a few snaps of the coast around Forteau Bay. We’re lucky enough to have been greeted by some wonderful people and weather on our arrival to Labrador.

This area of the coast is generally stable, marked by sheer coastal cliffs, though those sites located on more shallow coastal plains, e.g. Overbrook Falls 2 (panoramic photo below), will be more susceptible to projected sea-level rise. Despite wet feet from wading through a few streams to get to all sites, it’s an auspicious start to the SoBI.

more to come…

LiDAR processing

The CARRA team have been busy working with the LiDAR data collected in May 2013.  After processing the LiDAR data the  CARRA team compared the digital elevation model (DEM) created from Geobase data that was used in the pilot assessment to the DEM created from the LiDAR data.

P0001The image above (taken from the Coastal Zone Canada conference presentation) highlights the difference in resolution of the two data sets. Click on the image to see in greater detail.

Fieldwork: Part 1

There will be several stages to the fieldwork this season. The first stage is underway with Marc Storey on the north and south shores of the Strait of Belle Isle. While in Labrador the team will be staying in Forteau (see below) and have already visited famous sites such as L’Anse Amour lighthouse (see below).

Temp office view

The view from the accommodation in Forteau

L'Anse Amour

L’Anse Amour lighthouse

As well as famous landmarks there is an abundance of natural features to be seen too!


The rugged landscape of Labrador

Coastal Zone Canada Conference Part 2

Last week at Coastal Zone Canada CARRA hosted a special session regarding current challenges facing Atlantic coastal archaeological sites and how managers are adapting. It was quite successful for us and we would like to thank those who presented their current adaptation strategies.


Managing Archaeological Resources on A Dynamic Coast: Approaches and Options Trevor Bell, Christina Robinson, Marc Storey, Ariel Pollard-Belsheim


Preperation for the field

In preparation for the forth coming field season the CARRA team have participated in a wilderness First Aid course hosted by the Red Cross. Also the CARRA team will also be attending an Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop hosted by The Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program (NAACAP) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) at the Fluvarium here in St. John’s, NL. It should prove to be an interesting workshop regarding the processes behind erosion and practical measures to mitigate against it, as well as the larger environmental implications and human costs of increasing shoreline and riverbank erosion.

1st aid course

Ariel being a patient on the wilderness First Aid course



UNESCO World Hertiage Sites and climate change

Climate change may put UNESCO World Heritage Sites underwater

Tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty, Pompeii or Canada’s Old Town Lunenburg in coming centuries may need to bring a snorkel, thanks to climate change, a new study suggests.

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ALERT project in France

This is a project run in France called ALERT (Archeologie, Littoral et Rechauffement Terrestre = Archaeology, Coasts and Climate Change) that uses mobile (cell) phone technology to recorded eroding archaeological sites. Really interesting concept.


Remains of eroding Iron Age briquetage on the western coast of the Quiberon Peninsula (Brittany, France) [Barreau, J. B. et al. 2013]


This is a link to a short documentary video about a great project that has been running for 14 years from Scotland, called SCAPE, which deals with coastal erosion on archaeological sites around the Scottish coast and how the public are being involved in the decisions around their own heritage.




Costal Zone Canada Conference: Part 1


A successful submission by CARRA to host a special session at the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 conference was made in September 2013 to the Coastal Zone Canada Association.  We have recruited a full team of session participants who will present on their research and experiences with at-risk archaeological sites in Atlantic Canada. We will publish details of the session once the organizers have scheduled the conference program.

Session Title: Managing archaeological resources on a dynamic coast: approaches and options

In the face of recorded and projected sea-level rise (SLR) some of the coastal heritage and archaeological resources of Canada are under immediate or near-future threat, particularly through coastal flooding and erosion. The potential impact of SLR on heritage resources has not yet been determined across many parts of coastal Canada. This session will present and review case studies that have identified the impacts of SLR on heritage resources and the management options employed to negate, mitigate, or concede to the effects of SLR.  The participants and audience will reflect professional archaeologists and heritage managers who are responsible for coastal resources and coastal scientists who work on risk assessment, coastal processes and SLR.

Outcomes: Ideally, the beginnings of a community of practice for heritage managers responsible for coastal archaeology resources in Canada.  The session proponents lead a Natural Resources Canada and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador funded project to refine risk assessment tools and management options for heritage managers in Canada.  The case studies prepared for this session will illuminate current practices and help inform new management approaches and options.

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