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

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ISBN 9781032194745
February 7, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
98 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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.

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Aris Anagnostopoulos is an anthropologist, historian and writer. His research focuses on the poetics and politics of the past. He has done ethnographic research in several archaeological projects in Greece and has published extensively on Ottoman heritage in Crete. He currently works as a public programs director with the HERITΛGE and holds an honorary lectureship at the University of Kent.

Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis is the founding Director of the Heritage Management Organization. Trained at University College London and at Cambridge in classical archaeology, linguistics and anthropology, Evangelos has been a senior lecturer in Aegean Prehistory at the university of Kent and director of the MA in Heritage Management (KENT-AUEB), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Archaeological Society of Athens, a Leventis Senior Research Fellow in Heritage Management at Kent, as well as a Visiting Professor in the University of Basel and at UCLA. Evangelos has research interests in Mycenaean administration, Minoan religion and iconography, as well as ritual theory. He is also interested in the history of archaeological thought and in archaeological site management and planning.

Eleni Stefanou, Dr. Archaeologist - Museologist, Hellenic Open University / HERITAGE. Since 2008 Eleni has been teaching at Greek Universities courses on museum studies, museum education, and management of cultural heritage. She collaborates with diverse cultural and educational institutions on museum planning, educational design and community archaeology and heritage programs. Her research interests evolve around the ideological uses of the past in the present, as these are shaped through the fields of museology and cultural heritage, archaeological ethnography, community engagement, interpretation studies, memory practices and education, i.e. the predominant fields that shape the intimate relationship of various social groups with the past.