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Lecture | Digital Archaeology Group

Nuna Nalluituq / The Land Remembers

Wednesday 16 November 2022
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

Spatial technology and community engagement to protect Alaska Native heritage landscapes

Southwest Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is a culturally rich and biodiverse landscape in a state of constant flux. This is the homeland of the Yupik people, but climate-change driven erosion poses an existential threat to their heritage and traditional ways of life. Digital survey methods are key for helping these communities protect their cultural landscapes — specialised sensors mounted on unpiloted aerial vehicles are a particularly effective option in terms of affordability and ease of building local capacity.

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