Erosion, Decay and Cimate Change (Anne Jensen)

Video Shot in: 2022

Coastal erosion makes Arctic archeology difficult. Also changes in sea level, and permafrost thawing. Many sites are disappearing as a result of these environmental factors. However, there is still a need for archaeologists to be present when new discoveries are made. Projects in areas with known archaeological sites often require monitoring, although it may not always allow for immediate action. Anne mentions that erosion is not only a problem in the coastal areas but also affects sites located along rivers and creeks. Additionally, with the warming of permafrost, sites in Greenland have experienced decay and loss of organic preservation. Bacteria that become active as the permafrost thaws can degrade the organic materials, leading to further deterioration. She shares her experience working with hunter-gatherer artifacts and the need for accurate interpretations based on firsthand knowledge.