Date of Award
Director of Thesis
Dr. David Kneas
Archaeological sites in South Carolina are vanishing. As sea level rise, and therefore coastal erosion, worsen, more sites will disappear. The questions of how erosion at these sites is measured and how the public perceives the effects of climate change have been studied separately, but not together. Here, the intersection of these is discussed, alongside how sites are portrayed affects how the public perceives them, and therefore their importance. Studies on measuring coastal erosion, local news reports, government documents, and public perception of coastal management and sea level rise illuminate how people eventually decide what is worth saving.
Borowy, Haley, "Destruction is a Must-See: Coastal Heritage Site Erosion and Public Perception of Climate Change" (2022). Senior Theses. 566.
Archaeological Anthropology Commons, Climate Commons, Environmental Monitoring Commons, Environmental Policy Commons, Environmental Studies Commons, Historic Preservation and Conservation Commons, Museum Studies Commons