1st Edition

A Community Empowerment Approach to Heritage Management From Values Assessment to Local Engagement

By Evangelos Kyriakidis Copyright 2020
    144 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    142 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book presents an innovative approach to public archaeology in a rural community, which has had powerful results in terms of empowering a village community in Crete to become long-term guardians of their cultural heritage.

    Highlighting the theoretical and local contexts of the Philioremos Peak Sanctuary Public Archeology Project, this book explores the methodology and the project outcomes, and assesses best practice in the field of public archaeology within a rural community.

    As well as expanding the research on Minoan peak sanctuaries, the volume contributes to a greater understanding of how rural communities can be successfully engaged in the management of heritage, and is relevant to archaeologists and other heritage professionals wishing to understand the latest developments in public archaeology.

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    Foreword: The Climb up the Philioremos Peak

    Chapter 1: Introducing our Approach: Old Site, New Perspectives

    Chapter 2: The Local Context

    Chapter 3: Values and the Management of Heritage

    Chapter 4: The Values of the Philioremos Peak Sanctuary Site

    Chapter 5: A 'Community Empowerment' Approach to Public Archaeology.

    Chapter 6: The Outcomes of the Project: Community Engagement and Empowerment in Practice

    Chapter 7: Conclusions

    General Index


    Evangelos Kyriakidis, PhD, is the founding director of the Heritage Management Organization and Senior Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory at the University of Kent, UK. Trained at UCL and Cambridge in Classical Archaeology, Linguistics and Anthropology, a fellow of the society of Antiquaries of London and a visiting professor at UCLA. Formerly Senior Leventis Research Fellow in Heritage Management and fellow of the Archaeological Society of Athens. Evangelos’ research on heritage management has contributed to Kent being rated second for its impact in society in the UK. He is the founding director of the highly rated International MA in Heritage Management in Athens, Greece.

    "Community Archaeology projects are a growing force in heritage management across the globe. This timely and powerful case study offers a new and empowering approach to conducting successful projects through grass roots engagement. It deserves the widest possible audience." Roger White, University of Birmingham, UK