This course aims to familiarize students with the concept of archaeological cultural heritage and the ways it can be transferred to a variety of audiences. Archaeological sites and artifacts present special challenges to heritage professionals: political, economic and ideological are just a few of these. By looking at case-studies from around the world, students will learn to identify and assess the best methods for the cultural transfer of archaeological heritage.|
Cultural heritage management plays an important part in world politics and economy, affecting more areas than it seems. An important field it comprises is that of archaeological heritage: sites, monuments and artifacts of various types. Their value bears a direct relation to their transfer to different audiences: from school children to museum visitors and international tourists. Archaeological material often matters because of the value placed on it by the public. Thus, the role of heritage experts dealing with archaeological heritage frequently is to transfer it in the best way to specific audiences. However, archaeological material implies specific challenges: context (original and current), value (actual and perceived), source (legitimate or looted), and perhaps the most difficult question: whose heritage is it, anyway?|
This course will present students with captivating case-studies related to the transfer of archaeological heritage, raising questions about the social, political and economic phenomena involved.