Modern Climate Change & the Practice of Archaeology

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Call for Papers

ARC 32.2: Modern Climate Change and the Practice of Archaeology

An associated conference will be held on 7-8 April 2017 at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

Modern climate change has serious consequences for the knowledge of our past. Desertification, eroding coasts, rising sea levels and melting permafrost threaten the preservation of natural and cultural sites. These and other damaging processes not only jeopardise the archaeological record, but also the living cultural practices of affected communities and their economic and social resilience. As the planet faces increasing global temperatures, the perils posed by rapid climate change will continue to be a major challenge for archaeology throughout the twenty-first century. Volume 32.2 of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge wishes to provide a forum for graduate students and young professionals to highlight and explore modern climate change related challenges to the practices of archaeology and heritage management, as well as productively contribute to current climate change debates. We particularly welcome submissions that explore themes related to the following questions:

  • What challenges and/or opportunities does climate change present to the discipline of archaeology and the archaeological record?
  • What methodologies have been adapted or developed to record and analyze the effects of contemporary climate change at archaeological and heritage sites?
  • How are stakeholders, including governments, local communities and archaeologists, addressing threats posed by climate change to archaeological and heritage sites? Which stakeholders' values are prioritized in the policymaking process, and what are the consequences for archaeology and heritage?
  • What is the cultural, economic and social impact of climate change on communities surrounding archaeological and heritage sites, and, in turn, how do archaeology and heritage contribute to the resilience of these communities?
  • How are initiatives that promote sustainable living interacting with initiatives that seek to preserve and protect archaeology and heritage, and what are the outcomes?
  • How do adaptations and migrations of local communities affected by climate change impact archaeology and heritage?

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words and bios of up to 150 words (including name, institution and email address) to J. Eva Meharry ( by 15 December 2016. An associated conference will be held on 7-8 April 2017 at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Select contributors who are accepted for publication will be invited to present. More information on this conference will be available shortly.


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