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Learning from loss : eroding coastal heritage in Scotland. / Graham Allsop, Elinor Louise; Dawson, Thomas Christopher; Hambly, Joanna.

In: Humanities, Vol. 6, No. 4, 87, 09.11.2017.

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Graham Allsop, EL, Dawson, TC & Hambly, J 2017, 'Learning from loss: eroding coastal heritage in Scotland' Humanities, vol. 6, no. 4, 87. https://doi.org/10.3390/h6040087

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Graham Allsop, E. L., Dawson, T. C., & Hambly, J. (2017). Learning from loss: eroding coastal heritage in Scotland. Humanities, 6(4), [87]. https://doi.org/10.3390/h6040087

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Graham Allsop EL, Dawson TC, Hambly J. Learning from loss: eroding coastal heritage in Scotland. Humanities. 2017 Nov 9;6(4). 87. https://doi.org/10.3390/h6040087

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Graham Allsop, Elinor Louise ; Dawson, Thomas Christopher ; Hambly, Joanna. / Learning from loss : eroding coastal heritage in Scotland. In: Humanities. 2017 ; Vol. 6, No. 4.

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