Assessing the impact of coastal erosion on archaeological sites: a case study from Northern Ireland

Kieran Westley, Rory McNeary

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    Abstract

    This paper will present research on the vulnerability mapping of coastal archaeological sites currently being undertaken in Northern Ireland. The ultimate aim of this research is improve current predictions of where archaeological sites and landscapes will be at risk in the future from coastal erosion. The initial stage of this approach uses a suite of oblique aerial photographs to construct a baseline of eroding locations and coastal geomorphology. The erosion baseline can then be integrated with existing historic environment records to obtain a coarse first-pass archaeological vulnerability assessment. Subsequent stages can then use this assessment to prioritize future mitigation such as field surveys or monitoring exercises, or conduct further refinements of vulnerability classifications by incorporating information on site type and positioning on a local scale.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)185-211
    JournalConservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

    Keywords

    • coastal erosion
    • vulnerability assessment
    • aerial photography
    • GIS
    • climate change

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