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Critical information for the study of ecodynamics and socio-natural systems: Rescuing endangered heritage and data from Arctic Alaskan Coastal sites
- Jensen, Anne M.
- Quaternary international 2019
- environmental factors, information sources, Alaska, Arctic region
- Archaeological sites are recognized as sources of data about past cultures. Their value as information sources about past environmental conditions and processes, as well as socio-natural systems is described, emphasizing benefits for disciplines beyond archaeology.Just as new techniques are expanding what we can learn from them, the sites and their preserved data are in imminent danger of destruction.This problem is extremely acute in the Arctic, although by no means limited to that region. Research at sites in the Utqiaġvik, Alaska area, primarily Walakpa, demonstrate the issues and provide experiences that may be helpful to others dealing with similar situations. Suggestions are offered for actions to ameliorate the accelerating loss of data.