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Activating Arctic Heritage

Exploring UNESCO World Heritage in Greenland

General

Project start
01.04.2019
Project end
31.03.2023
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Multiple/Other
Project topic
Archaeology
Chemistry
Culture & history
Education & Outreach
Geography and human geography
History
Microbiology
Monitoring
Other
Past climate studies
Preservation & restoration
Remote sensing

Project details

14.02.2019
Science / project plan

Conducted by a multi-disciplinary group of experienced Arctic researchers from the national museums of Greenland and Denmark involving their international partners, this project ventures into unexplored territories. Novel and original approaches are introduced and new cultural and environmental historical issues are targeted through three interconnected key topics.

The first key topic, ‘Dialogues on Arctic Cultural Heritage’, is a novel approach to the co-production of knowledge by local people, researchers and other stakeholders. This is an original and admittedly experimental approach to theory building targeting perceptions of cultural heritage, local histories and learnings from the past. The second key topic, ‘New Scientific Approaches to UNESCO Sites in Greenland’, combines a wide range of non- or minimal destructive scientific methods in order to extract ‘hidden’ information from cultural layers and to evaluate the multiple threats to vulnerable archaeological sites caused by increasing human activities and global warming. Furthermore, by focusing on the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, this key topic contributes considerably to new knowledge on past human life conditions and ‘tipping points’ in relations between humans and their environments. The third key topic, ‘Learning from and enriching cultural heritage’, addresses knowledge-gaps by focusing on un-explored landscapes and un-investigated Inuit and Norse sites. This will add substantial new cultural historical insights and provide long-lasting cultural value to the two new UNESCO properties.      

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