An Unthinkable Loss

A Consideration of Climate Change and Archaeology in the Southeastern United States

  • Dustin Bethell Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Eric Bezemek Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Bianca Book Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Caleb Brady Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Alison Bruin Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Makenna Chandler Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Caitlin Delmas Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Michelle Gray Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Analise Hollingshead Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Daniel Hougland Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Ariana Kline Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Tara Skipton Florida State University Department of Anthropology https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5868-815X
  • Benjamin Stewart Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Nicholas Yarbrough Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Heather Young Florida State University Department of Anthropology
  • Jayur Mehta Florida State University Department of Anthropology
Keywords: Climate Change, Cultural Preservation, Southeastern Archaeology

Abstract

As climate change has become a global issue, it is important to assess its impacts on not only our modern day resources, but also our archaeological resources. An archaeological approach to climate change sheds light on themes of resilience, natural and cultural relationships, public outreach, social inequalities, and interdisciplinary perspectives (Hudson et al. 2012). In this paper, we organize fifteen archaeological and historical sites within the southeastern United States in a way that highlights their status regarding current climate change effects and their preservation needs. Tying these sites to these five themes, we show how consideration of southeastern archaeology can contribute to the global narrative on climate change.

Published
2020-07-31
Section
Articles (English and Non-English)