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Integrated methods for understanding and monitoring the loss of coastal archaeological sites: The case of Tochni-Lakkia, Cyprus

Integrated methods for understanding and monitoring the loss of coastal archaeological sites: The case of Tochni-Lakkia, Cyprus
Integrated methods for understanding and monitoring the loss of coastal archaeological sites: The case of Tochni-Lakkia, Cyprus
Previous research on the environment of island and coastal areas has demonstrated that erosion substantially affects coastal archaeological site preservation and can lead to the loss of important information regarding past trade and maritime activities. These same at risk coastal archaeological loci are central to much current archaeological focus on networks and connectivity. In practical and theoretical terms, this places significant stresses on local governments and archaeologists, who are trying to monitor rapidly deteriorating cultural heritage and rescue information vital to future research. Beyond ad hoc observations, rigorous methods to quantify such issues have rarely been developed in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, including the island of Cyprus. In this paper we demonstrate an integrative method, which employs historic aerial photographs and laser scanning to illustrate, quantify and monitor coastline change and its impact on cultural heritage since the industrialisation of the south-central coast of the island in the mid-20th century CE.
2352-409X
197-208
Andreou, Georgia M.
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Opitz, Rachel
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Manning, Sturt W.
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Fisher, Kevin D.
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Andreou, Georgia M., Opitz, Rachel, Manning, Sturt W., Fisher, Kevin D., Sewell, David A., Georgiou, Artemis and Urban, Thomas (2017) Integrated methods for understanding and monitoring the loss of coastal archaeological sites: The case of Tochni-Lakkia, Cyprus. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 12, 197-208. (doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.01.025).

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Abstract

Previous research on the environment of island and coastal areas has demonstrated that erosion substantially affects coastal archaeological site preservation and can lead to the loss of important information regarding past trade and maritime activities. These same at risk coastal archaeological loci are central to much current archaeological focus on networks and connectivity. In practical and theoretical terms, this places significant stresses on local governments and archaeologists, who are trying to monitor rapidly deteriorating cultural heritage and rescue information vital to future research. Beyond ad hoc observations, rigorous methods to quantify such issues have rarely been developed in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, including the island of Cyprus. In this paper we demonstrate an integrative method, which employs historic aerial photographs and laser scanning to illustrate, quantify and monitor coastline change and its impact on cultural heritage since the industrialisation of the south-central coast of the island in the mid-20th century CE.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 January 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 February 2017
Published date: April 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 432520
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432520
ISSN: 2352-409X
PURE UUID: f0d2f707-4b63-4a12-908d-ba3f1c3b0fb5

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2019 16:30
Last modified: 17 Jul 2019 16:30

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Author: Rachel Opitz
Author: Sturt W. Manning
Author: Kevin D. Fisher
Author: David A. Sewell
Author: Artemis Georgiou
Author: Thomas Urban

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