1st Edition

Making Heritage Together Archaeological Ethnography and Community Engagement with a Rural Community

    142 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    142 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Making Heritage Together presents a case study of public archaeology by focusing on the collaborative creation of knowledge about the past with a rural community in central Crete. It is based on a long-term archaeological ethnography project that engaged this village community in collectively researching, preserving and managing their cultural heritage.

    This volume presents the theoretical and local contexts for the project, explains the methodology and the project outcomes, and reviews in detail some of the public archaeology actions with the community as examples of collaborative, research-based heritage management. What the authors emphasize in this book is the value of local context in designing and implementing public archaeology projects, and the necessity of establishing methods to understand, collaborate and interact with culturally specific groups and publics. They argue for the implementation of archaeological ethnographic research as a method of creating instances and spaces for collaborative knowledge production. The volume contributes to a greater understanding of how rural communities can be successfully engaged in the management of their own heritage.

    It will be relevant to archaeologists and other heritage professionals who aim to maximise the inclusivity and impact of small projects with minimal resources and achieve sustainable processes of collaboration with local stakeholders.

    List of Figures; Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1: From looking from above to working from below; Chapter 2: Objects and object biographies in archaeology and heritage; Chapter 3: Negotiating walking routes to knowledge; Chapter 4: History and memory -performative practices in communal history-making; Chapter 5: Looking reflexively at community engagement; Index.


    Aris Anagnostopoulos is an anthropologist, historian and writer. His research focuses on the poetics and politics of the past. He currently works as a public programs director with the HERITΛGE and holds an honorary lectureship at the University of Kent.

    Evangelos ‘Vanghelis’ Kyriakidis is the founding director of the Management Organization (HERITΛGE) and the director of the Three Peak Sanctuaries project (Kent-HERITΛGE). He focuses on heritage management, prehistoric archaeology and Mycenaean administration.

    Eleni Stefanou is an archaeologist and museologist, working for Hellenic Open University and HERITΛGE. Her research focuses on the politics of the past. She has been teaching museum studies, museum education and cultural heritage management at Greek Universities since 2008.