Dr. Trevor Bell (Dept. of Geography)
Dr. Rodolphe Devillers
Dr. Mike Deal (Dept. of Archaeology)
A vulnerability assessment of archaeological resources to impacts of projected coastal change
The risks to coastal archaeological sites from changing climate are poorly understood. It is manifest, however, that projected sea-level rise and higher storm surges will result in increased coastal flooding and retreat and, consequently, major changes to Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastline as a result of climate change will impact significantly on the archaeological record. Because in practical terms all sites cannot be protected, it is essential that heritage managers understand which sites and landscapes are most at risk.
This research, within the framework of the Coastal Archaeological Resource Risk Assessment project (CARRA), will address this challenge through the development of practical vulnerability assessments of coastal archaeological resources to the impacts of sea-level rise (SLR) within a pre-determined study area of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador: the Great Northern Peninsula and the southern coast of Labrador. With approximately 9000 years of continuous coastal occupation and 18,000km of coastline there remains great potential for further significant archaeological discoveries in the coastal zones of Newfoundland and Labrador. A second stage of proposed research will therefore expand on the results of the impact assessment and, through predictive modelling within a bespoke GIS-environment and the inclusion of a further study area at Bonavista Bay, will identify potential archaeological landscapes (PALs) also at risk from predicted coastal change.
Along with the CARRA, this proposed research will also serve to further bridge a gap within the often disparate bodies of literature on which this research will depend. Research will be drawn from the fields of coastal geomorphology; high-resolution LiDAR data interrogation and manipulation; past and projected sea-level rise models; and archaeological settlement pattern analysis.
Academic & Professional Background
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Sciences (Archaeology & Geology) – Carleton University
- Post-graduate qualifications in Archaeological Resource Management & World Heritage Resource Management
- 15 years experience as professional archaeologist in UK and Europe
- Remote sensing (LiDAR) and terrain modelling
- Implementation of new technologies to archaeological fieldwork and data analysis
- Open archaeology & public outreach
- Sustainable heritage tourism development
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