Researchers awarded with prize for inventory of climate threats to Greenland’s cultural heritage
Researchers from the National Museum of Denmark, the Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) at the University of Copenhagen, and the Greenland National Museum were awarded the European Heritage Prize for their inventory of climate threats to Greenland’s cultural heritage in the research project REMAINS of Greenland.
The prize is awarded to a broad group of researchers that have contributed to the project, led by Jørgen Hollesen from the National Museum of Denmark and member of CENPERM. The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) stresses: “This network can be considered an outstanding advocate of archaeological heritage preservation in a European region in direct danger of imminent devastation of its archaeological legacy.”
The REMAINS project investigates the impacts of climate change on Greenland’s cultural heritage. The cold and humid conditions prevailing in many places in Greenland are generally beneficial for conservation of archaeological remains in soils, but rising temperatures deteriorate these conditions. The project applies new methods, amongst others based on drones and remote sensing, to evaluate the threats of climate change for these sites.