The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will be holding a panel discussion on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 focusing on the problem of the preservation of world archaeological heritage in a time of climate change –

Global weather patterns are changing and with these changes come significant threats to the preservation of world archaeological heritage. An increasing number of coastal sites are vulnerable to inundation and ruin by rising sea levels. And as temperatures rise in some parts of the world those archaeological remains which have laid frozen in the permafrost, in a state of spectacular preservation, are beginning to thaw…and rot. The need to raise awareness of how global climate change is affecting archaeological heritage is clear and the timeframe left to us to address this challenge is growing ever shorter. From Easter Island to the Altai Mountains, archaeological sites are increasingly at risk due to changing weather patterns and climate shifts.

Following from the IIC 2008 Dialogue on Climate Change and Conservation, this panel discussion will focus on specific case studies and their relationship to the broader challenges being faced by the preservation community in a world of shifting climates.


Centre for Sustainable Heritage Administrator
Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
University College London
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0NN

On Wednesday, 18 January 2012 from 7:00pm.

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