Archaeological Heritage Management – the Practical Side

Session organizers: K. Iwe, U. Müller, J. Steigerwald

Archaeological research – including excavation, documentation and analyses – covers only a small part in comparison to the decades or centuries of an „after-life“ of a specific monument or site. This so-called second phase of monuments can be connected to different usages and activities.

We would like to focus on the practical issues of heritage sites after they have been excavated. We can identify a broad variety within the heritage landscape. The concepts reach from becoming a world heritage site (UNESCO) by nomination, they are normal visible monuments in the landscape but they also can vanish from the landscape after excavation without any reconstruction concept. The worst case scenario is the intentional destruction of archaeological monuments. Especially the last example gives proof to a direct link from the past to current social challenges.

This session aims to address the following questions related to archaeological heritage management:

  • What are the underlying concepts of archaeological heritage management?
  • How to make archaeological heritage visible?
  • Which interest groups (e.g. archaeologists, schools, non-governmental institutions, nature conservancy, tourism, historical associations) within the community can be involved in order to manage heritage sites?
  • How can the social relationship between public communities and professional heritage management players be described best (best practice examples)?
  • What is the mechanism behind an UNESCO nomination?
  • Nowadays societies are surrounded by archaeological heritage in the landscape. How can we include the public to manage those sites (“capacity building”)?
  • What are the trends within the field of the sustainable development related to archaeological heritage management?
  • How do policy and practice interact?
  • What about alternative heritage futures?

We are targeting archaeological heritage sites in different spaces and times like underwater cultural heritage management, the management of burial mounds in the modern world but also site management from the Silk Road, which has only recently been designated by the UNESCO.