Setting the Agenda [Hardback]

Peter A. C. Schut (Editor); Leonard C. de Wit (Editor)

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ISBN: 9789639911642 | Published by: Archaeolingua | Volume: 10 | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 176p, col illus

Setting the Agenda


More than two decades after the signing of the Valletta Convention the time is ripe to draw up a new agenda for how Europe should manage its archaeological heritage. With this purpose in mind, the EAC organised two symposiums that were attended by heritage managers from 25 European countries. At the first symposium in Saranda, Albania, we looked back at twenty years of ‘Valletta’, identifying its benefits, problems and challenges. The results of these discussions can be found in EAC Occasional Paper No. 9. The second symposium was held in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and took the form of a working conference. The results are published in this volume, which largely comprises the Amersfoort Agenda for managing the archaeological heritage in Europe. This agenda ties in with the ideas of the Council of Europe’s Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (2005). A link is also made with the ideas of the European Union, as expressed in the Conclusions on Cultural Heritage adopted by the Council of the European Union (2014) and a Communication adopted by the European Commission (2014). The zeitgeist calls for an acknowledgement of the multiple values of archaeological heritage for society and recognises the potential role of archaeological heritage in sustainable development. The Amersfoort Agenda has three themes: 1. Embedding archaeology in society, 2. Dare to choose, and 3. Managing the sources of European history. The various articles in this book are organised under these themes, which they explore in greater depth. Reports of the break-out sessions have also been included so that readers can follow the discussions that have led to the Amersfoort Agenda.

Table of Contents

In memoriam Willem Willems - Adrian Olivier and Leonard C. de Witt
Introduction - Peter A. C. Schut, Djurra Scharff and Leonard C. de Wit
Amersfoort Agenda
Amersfoort Agenda – Setting the agenda for the future of archaeological heritage management in Europe
Objectifs d’Amersfoort – Instauration des priorités pour l’avenir de la gestion du patrimoine archéologique en Europe
Session 1 The spirit of the Faro Convention: embedding archaeology in society
1 ‘I wanted to be an archaeologist’ – A 21st-century crisis of confidence? - Graham Fairclough
2 From Malta to Faro, how far have we come? Some facts and figures on public engagement in the archaeological heritage sector in Europe - Monique H. van den Dries
3 Heritage in a convivial society: societal change and its challenges for cultural heritage experts - Roel During
Session 2 Dare to choose
4 Dare to choose: make research the product - Dries Tys
5 An interpretation of Valletta from the Críoch Fuinidh (the remote or end country) - Margaret Keane
6 Valletta Harvest: value for money. Dutch initiatives to make ‘Malta’ excavation results relevant to heritage management, science and society - Bert Groenewoudt
7 Dare to choose samples, not excavations. Reflections on sampling and investigation strategies in archaeological research on settlements - Hauke Jöns
Session 3 Managing the sources of European history
8 Digital archaeological archives of Europe: opportunities and challenges - Franco Niccolucci
9 Discover the submerged prehistory of Europe – Scientific background, aims, methods, outcomes and perspectives of the European SPLASHCOS network - Hauke Jöns
 10 How should we manage the archaeological sources in Poland? - Paulina Florjanowicz
Résumés Marie-Jeanne Ghenne
Annex Break-out session reports
1 The spirit of the Faro Convention: embedding archaeology in society
2 Dare to choose
3 Managing the sources of European history

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