Talks consider how Westray can adapt to the impact of climate change

By Sigurd Towrie

On Thursday evening Professor Jane Downes will deliver a talk in Westray on her research into climate change causes and effects and how these impact our communities.

Prof.  Downes, the Director of the UHI Archaeology Institute, will describe the Orkney scenario, and the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) analysis at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

She will also draw in comparative perspectives of the erosion of archaeological sites from other parts of the world.

Joining Prof Downes will be UHI Masters student Cameron Taylor, who recently completed a dissertation about climate change and the prehistoric settlement site at the Links of Noltland.

Cameron will talk about his project, why the Links of Noltland is important and what he learned about how communities can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Excavation under way at the Links of Noltland settlement site. (Historic Environment Scotland)

The talks, hosted by Community Archaeology Westray, begin at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 30, in the Graand Owld Byre, Westray.

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