Running out of time? Peatland rehabilitation, archaeology and cultural ecosystem services

Gearey, Benjamin and Everett, Rosie (2021) Running out of time? Peatland rehabilitation, archaeology and cultural ecosystem services. Mires and Peat, 27. p. 31. ISSN 1819-754X

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The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration places ecosystem rehabilitation at the forefront of global efforts to restore biodiversity and tackle climate change. From a cultural and historical perspective, peatland environments are essential for the preservation of important archaeological sites, artefacts and palaeoecological records that do not survive on drier landscapes. Peatland degradation and destruction has in the past resulted in the damage and loss of significant numbers of sites and those that remain are vulnerable to human activities and processes associated with climate change. Although peatland restoration offers significant positive benefits for the in situ preservation of surviving peatland archaeology, explicit consideration of the nature and vulnerability of the archaeological resource tends to be omitted from academic discussions and practical peatland restoration schemes. This short communication highlights the key issues associated with the maintenance and protection of the cultural heritage of peatlands and concludes that improved communication between heritage and peatland restoration programmes and agendas is now urgently needed to ensure the preservation in situ of archaeological sites and deposits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, heritage, historic environment, peat
Subjects: C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
D400 Agriculture
F600 Geology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 16:10
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 16:15

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