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Climate Change and Cultural Heritage: a Landscape Vulnerability Framework

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JournalJournal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Mar 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 10 Jun 2019
Number of pages19
Early online date10/06/19
Original languageEnglish


This paper proposes a new framework for calculating vulnerability indices within archaeological resource management on a landscape-scale. Current approaches consider archaeological sites in isolation from their context within the historic landscape. The new framework advocated in this article assesses the vulnerability of landscape character areas, as defined through historic landscape characterization. This framework uses a two-step vulnerability index: the first assesses the vulnerability of archaeological sites and landscape features; the second uses the results of the first vulnerability index, as well as spatial data on the landscape character areas and the threat in question to calculate the vulnerability of each landscape character area. The framework is applied to a brief case study in coastal North Wales, UK.

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  • archaeology, climate change, historic landscape characterization, landscape, vulnerability

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