Dry peatlands lose hidden treasures

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DatePublished - 15 Dec 2018
PublisherIUCN, National Committee United Kingdom
TypeContribution to special edition of IUCN Peatlands newsletter
Original languageEnglish


The abundance of organic archaeological artefacts and paleo-environmental evidence found in waterlogged environments exists largely because the subsequent lack of oxygen severely slows deterioration. For peatlands themselves, the negative consequences of losing this waterlogging through drainage and land use change are well documented. But what happens to the unique historic archive when these changes occur? Increasingly, case studies from across the UK are illustrating just how damaging changes in the environment can be to buried archaeological remains


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