This project uses archaeological finds from Svalbard’s largest burial site, Likneset, to investigate the degradation of the archaeological cultural environment in Svalbard.
The aim is to document whether there has been increased degradation of whalers’ graves from the 1600-1700s as a result of climate change over the last 30 years.
This will be done by analysing well-preserved skeletons excavated at Likneset in the 1980s and comparing them with recently excavated skeletons from the same site.
The project will activate and disseminate a unique archaeological resource that has been little used as a source of knowledge.
- Status In progress
- Client Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund
- Time 2023-2024