Journal article

Burial, erosion, and transformation of archaeological landscapes: Case studies from southern New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Michael Hilton, Richard Walter, Karen Greig, Teresa Konlechner

PROGRESS IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

A high proportion of archaeological sites are located on the world’s shorelines and recent research has documented the vulnerability of these sites to coastal processes and climate change. However, archaeological landscapes on many temperate coasts have already been degraded as a result of changes in dune dynamics related to changes in dune vegetation. These changes have produced marked spatial and temporal variations in patterns of burial and erosion in transgressive dune systems. This paper examines the modification and conservation of archaeological landscapes from a biogeomorphic perspective, using the example of marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) invasion of dune systems in southern New ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge Rakiura Maori as tangata whenua of Stewart Island (Rakiura). The authors gratefully acknowledge Les O'Neill and Jessie Hurford (Department or Anthropology and Archaeology) and Chris Garden (Department of Geography) of the University of Otago for their expertise in cartography and GIS. We are also indebted to the Department of Conservation, Rakiura National Park, for their support for our research and practical assistance with fieldwork.