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

Westley, Kieran and McNeary, Rory (2014) Assessing the impact of coastal erosion on archaeological sites: a case study from Northern Ireland. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 16 (3). pp. 185-211. [Journal article]

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1350503315Z.00000000082


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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:coastal erosion, vulnerability assessment, aerial photography, GIS, climate change
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:31821
Deposited By: Dr Kieran Westley
Deposited On:16 Jun 2015 05:37
Last Modified:16 Jun 2015 05:37

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