Climate change is not just affecting the health and well-being of humans, flora, and fauna worldwide, but is also threatening the very existence of art, archeological finds, and cultural artifacts. As the Arctic ice erodes, for instance, Iñupiat artifacts once locked in the frozen Alaskan dirt are getting lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can spot them.
Ancient art may also be disappearing. Climate change is feared to make Neolithic and Bronze Age rock art panels in Northumberland in Northern England vanish permanently because stones may more rapidly deteriorate in the future. Changes in the environment, such as more wind as well as warmer and wetter weather, is estimated to have such devastating consequences on these artworks.
This shows that rock art doesn’t last forever, despite being among the earliest forms of art and emerging more than 50,000 years ago in different countries. Scientists, for instance, found that the Northumberland rock art is facing greater deterioration due to two things: the height of the panels and the level of exchangeable cations in the local soil.
Steps need to be taken to protect rock art, as well as the ancient art inside museums and conservation centers. Art conservation refers to maintaining and preserving these artworks, shielding them from future damage and deterioration. They have become an increasingly crucial aspect of what museums and civic authorities do, and tech advances are hoped to lead to safer, more effective techniques to preserve, analyze, and repair these objects.
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