Preservation of Heritage Values and Cultural Significance: Landscape Archaeology
Prof. Vassilis Ganiatsas,
Professor of Theory, Philosophy and Practice of Architectural/ Urban/Landscape Design, National Technical University of Athens.
Archaeological Cultural Landscapes constitute an extreme case in heritage conservation as they represent a double identity, cultural and natural.
As currently treated in conservation practices, are being treated as cultural objects of just a larger scale in comparison with other monuments. Yet, they considerably differ not in scale but basically in kind and subsequently they need a different conceptual framework for their proper protection, enhancement and management.
Archaeological cultural landscapes represent an inherent discontinuity between their cultural and natural attributes and thus they thus render difficult their merging in establishing an overall cultural significance that could guide their proper management.
- As cultural constructs, they appear to be self-fulfilled and thus appealing to be appreciated for what they are, as ends in themselves. No matter how they are being conceptualized and culturally accommodated at different times by different stakeholders, their main characteristic resides in their maintaining a distinct and independent individuality.
- As parts of the natural environment, they appear beyond the human cultural reach. No matter how they are being used, appropriated, interpreted and changed by cultural activities across time, they maintain a permanent externality as to all possible interpretations and cultural accommodations.
In this session we seek papers that will propose new ideas, concepts and methods of identifying values, establishing cultural significance and managing Archaeological Cultural Landscapes as a distinct case of heritage management. Contributions aiming at the articulation of a new approach could range from analysis of pertaining theoretical issues to showcasing of concrete examples.