Cultural Heritage and Climate Change

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Dr Megarry was part of a panel discussing the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage sties following the recent (re) discovery of the ancient city of Zakhiku in Northern Iraq, which was an urban centre of the Mittani Empire between 1550-1350 BC. Following a long drought and low water levels, the city emerged from the bottom of a reservoir along the River Tigris and was rapidly recorded by local and international archaeologists. This is just one example of how climate change is leading to the exposure of archaeology sites. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases, they are being lost before we can record them.

Period05 Jun 2022