This Saturday (25th September), join us at New Scientist Live: Creating a Sustainable future.

We’ll be exploring issues of sustainability in archaeology with a series of fascinating expert talks and engaging activities - read on to discover our programme for the day!

10.20 – 11.10am: Archaeology and its sustainable future, with Mili Rajic

Archaeologists are very comfortable with understanding the past but how do we feel about the future? What does the future look like for archaeology? Do we dig at all? Who are the future archaeologists? Are we still covered in mud or are we in white suits behind large screens analysing data? Has the data killed the paper archive star? What influences our decisions on how and where we dig; is it politics, socio-political evolution, climate change, past methods and practices, or simply the whim of archaeologist? Does archaeology as we know it exist at all? Should archaeology as we know it exist? Do we have a choice?

11.15 – 11.35am: Coastal and Marine archaeology (family friendly session)

Watch our animation to discover more about coastal and marine archaeology, how it is connected to windfarms and chat with our marine specialist to learn more about artefacts found under water.

New Scientist Live: Creating a sustainable future

11.35am – 12.00pm: Marine Geophysics (family friendly session)

What is marine geophysics, how do we identify archaeology underwater and can you use your new knowledge to figure out what archaeology lies at the bottom of the ocean?

New Scientist Live: Creating a sustainable future

 12.00 – 13.00pm: How the past protects the present, with Alex Godden and Isobel Curwen

In this session, we will explore how archaeology and heritage can make meaningful contributions to large scale infrastructure projects that are designed for a sustainable future via analysis of Wessex Archaeology’s work alongside the Coastal Partnership and Portsmouth City Council on the development of new sea defences at Southsea, North Portsea and Langstone.

How the past protects the present

1.30 - 1.50pm: Coastal and Marine archaeology (family friendly session)

Watch our animation to discover more about coastal and marine archaeology, how it is connected to windfarms and chat with our marine specialist to learn more about artefacts found under water.

2.30 - 3.00pm: Environmental archaeology (family friendly session)

The natural world you see around you may not be as natural as you think. People have drastically changed the environment, not in the least by importing animals from other parts of the globe. Britain is no exception! Download our field guide and see if you can find all the animals in the video.

New Scientist Live: Creating a sustainable future

3.00 - 4.00pm: Rewilding archaeology: informing present-day conservation management using archaeology, with Edward Treasure

In recent years, interest has grown in the concept of ‘rewilding’ across Britain and on a global scale. Understanding human impact on ecosystems over the years is crucial to this process – and archaeology can play a key role by providing ‘ecological baseline’ data which recognises how humans have shaped the composition and structure of ecosystems…

Rewilding archaeology

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