Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Maria Bruno




As damage from weather and climate events increase due to global climate change, preservation of archeological sites and material is increasingly threatened. This thesis seeks to examine if and how cultural resource management in Pennsylvania has adapted to threats posed by anthropogenic climate change. Through research into climate data and Cultural Resource Management plans, as well as conversations with professionals, I examine the primary climate threats in the state of Pennsylvania as well as if and how practices have changed to prevent them. The use of predictive models areas with high risk to have shown to prevent damage to sites before it occurs. As low risk area, such models have not been applied to Pennsylvania. Predictive models allow for preventative mitigation, and can be used to protect both natural and cultural resources, but require collaboration between natural and cultural resource agencies and databases in order to succeed. In general, a disconnect exists between cultural and natural resource agencies in Pennsylvania, creating a gap that needs to be addressed before predictive and preventative action can be fully affective in the state. Significant data exists that could be used to mitigate climate damage to natural and cultural resources, but such steps have not been taken to create long-term management plans.