“The study of how eruptive events affected past societies and their environment has been a recurrent field of research that has gained relevant insights towards reducing present-day geohazard risks and vulnerability [1, 2, 3]. Archaeological volcanology also has close ties with the so-called “disaster archaeology” [4, 5], which aims at improving our engagement and risk management strategies in response to contemporary calamities such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes [e.g 6, 7, 8, 9] or even nuclear accidents [e.g. Fukushima, see 10]. Much of these works have focused on the social benefits of archaeological work amongst at risk-communities and the use of remote-based approaches to map endangered Cultural Heritage in post-event scenarios. But what about recording and surveying archaeology at risk during an emergency such as an ongoing volcano eruption?”
Read the full text by Francesc C. Conesa (GIAP-ICAC), who’s guest editor in in the latest Online SAS Bulletin.
For more information, you may also check Francesc’s blogpost after he came back from his intervention in La Palma: “Heritage at risk: remote and ground monitoring of endangered heritage in La Palma volcano eruption“.
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