Conferință internațională: Current trends in archaeological heritage preservation: the national and the international perspectives

ArchaeoHeritage International Conference

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Iaşi, Romania, November 6–10, 2013

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Organizer: Institute of Archaeology, Romanian Academy — Iaşi branch

Partners: Department of History, Faculty of History, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași; European Association of Archaeologists; Moldova National Museum Complex — Union Museum; National Museum of Romanian History, Bucharest.

Place: Union Museum

Dates: November 6–10, 2013

Working Language: English


Archaeological heritage helps to define the age and origins of a culture, the history and traditions of a people, a country or a certain ethno-cultural space in relation to other states or cultural spaces. Today, archaeological goods are treated as part of all humanity, which needs to be adequately treated. The preservation of archaeological sites is strongly linked to the study, safeguarding and evaluation of unearthed archaeological vestiges. At the same time, this field is faced with the need to salvage or restore sites. As cultural heritage, archaeological goods are very attractive for collectors, and become subjects of illicit activities such as illegal excavations and trade. Hence, for preserving archaeological heritage we need an efficient management with a frame of activities focused on preserving, researching, conservating, and restoring the cultural resources for future generations.

The European and International Conventions play an important role in the process of archaeological heritage preservation, but one of the most important Acts is the revised European Convention on the Protection of Archaeological Heritage. Two decades after the signing of the Valletta Convention (Malta, 1992), it is the time to do a large evaluation of its implementation. While all countries have a rich past, but they have different systems for cultural heritage preservation, from regional autonomy to federal control.


The conference’s goal is to share the experience and to discuss actual situation in the field of archaeological heritage preservation in European countries. The participants are invited to discuss how different state bodies (or other level bodies) are implementing the assumed provisions of the Valletta Convention, according to their national cultural policies, legal frameworks and management structures.


The debate will focus on following sessions: 

Session 1: Legal framework and National Strategies for preserving the archaeological heritage

Session 2: Archaeological heritage management and sustainable development

Session 3: Professional Development (Initial training and In-service-training)

Session 4: Access to information and public archaeology

Session 5: Cultural tourism and archaeological heritage preservation

Session 6: Use and abuse of legislation: looting and trading antiquities


Conference schedule:

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  • November 6th, 2013 — arrival day
  • November 7th-8th, 2013 — sessions days
  • November 9th, 2013 — excursion day
  • November 10th, 2013 — departure day


Welcome to Iaşi, Romania

The meeting is organised by the Institute of Archaeology, Romanian Academy, Iaşi branch as part of the project “Current trends in the archaeological heritage preservation: the national and the international perspectives” supported by CNCS –UEFISCDI, PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0610.


Contact person:

Sergiu Musteaţă, project manager