The Need to Excavate Soon in the Arctic (Anne Jensen)

Video Shot in: 2022

Anne Jensen is an active participant in climate change strategies and archaeological responses. She has served as the immediate past chair of the Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Responses Committee of SAA (Society for American Archaeology). She emphasizes that people are becoming more aware of the impact of climate change, even those not residing on the North Slope. She highlights the importance of promptly excavating sites in the Arctic due to the vulnerability of these sites to erosion, fire, and other environmental changes. Anne recognizes the cultural significance of archaeological sites and acknowledges the need to prioritize the preservation of communities’ houses and schools. Anne argues that certain regions, like the Arctic, require continued and rapid excavation. She criticizes the inadequate funding allocated to Arctic research compared to other areas.