Addressing the problem of disappearing cultural landscapes in archaeological research using multi-scalar survey

Climate change and anthropogenic activities are actively destroying the archaeological record. The dramatic disappearance of archaeological landscapes becomes particularly problematic when they are also unrecorded. Hidden from view and eroding, these disappearing landscapes likely hold answers to important anthropological questions. As such, disappearing landscapes present a major challenge for 21st century archaeology. Left unchecked, this phenomenon will increase the severity of bias in our knowledge of the past. In this paper we use a case study from Pinckney Island in the American Southeast to illustrate how the problem of hidden and disappearing landscapes can be addressed through multi-scalar surveys. Specifically, by combining aerial LiDAR, pedestrian survey, and microartifact approaches, the identification of hidden and disappearing cultural materials (including permanent settlements and ephemeral artifact scatters) can be alleviated.


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Work Title Addressing the problem of disappearing cultural landscapes in archaeological research using multi-scalar survey
Open Access
  1. Dylan Davis
  2. Katherine Seeber
  3. Matthew Sanger
  1. climate change
  2. cultural heritage
  3. multi-scale analysis
  4. hidden landscapes
  5. disappearing landscapes
  6. South Carolina
License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives)
Work Type Article
  1. Taylor & Francis
Publication Date 2020
Publisher Identifier (DOI)
  1. 10.1080
Geographic Area
  1. North America
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Deposited January 25, 2021




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    • climate change
    • climate change, cultural heritage, multi-scale analysis, hidden landscapes, disappearing landscapes, South Carolina
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    • North America
  • Added Creator Dylan Davis
  • Added Creator Katherine Seeber
  • Added Creator Matthew Sanger
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    Publisher Identifier (DOI)
    • 10.1080/15564894.2020.1803457
    • 10.1080
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