“Cultural Landscapes: what for?” - Demonstrating the social impact of our work


Guillermo Reher, Graham Fairclough,

In recent years, there has been an increasing expectation among policy makers and society more widely for investment in science and in heritage to be justified in social terms, not least in the light of the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage to Society, and of the ELC’s emphasis on democratic participation in constructing and managing landscape. This should have compelled landscape archaeologists to become doubly aware of the need to show the value generated by their activities, whether these are social or economic. But has it? More often than not landscape archaeologists are greatly involved in the post-excavation valorization, planning and management of these areas, but in what is often an unrecognized role for landscape and heritage, hard evidence of the benefits of cultural landscape research are rarely presented. In this session, organised by members of the JPI-Cultural Heritage network ‘CHeriScape’ (www.cheriscape.eu), we will consider how landscape archaeologists are responding to this socio-political requirement for greater accountability. We will invite the presentation of examples of archaeologically-informed research and practice in cultural landscapes where there has been a concurrent or subsequent effort to evaluate the positive impact on society. In particular we invite discussion on how monitoring and evaluation was carried out, what resulted, and whether this was duly pitched to the policy makers, to positively reflect on the discipline. This session aims to include both landscape archaeology practitioners and specialists with experience in evaluating and quantifying the impact of cultural landscapes, so that the inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue can help enrich the practice of researchers, scientists, cultural resource managers, spatial planners and consultants.

Contact: Guillermo Reher            guillermo.reher@cchs.csic.es

List of speakers:

Nacho Ruiz (Arkitektskolen Aarhus) & Sara López: Learning from Las Cuencas

James C. Wright (American School of Classical Studies at Athens), Konstantinos Kissas, Guy Sanders & Thymio Papayannis: Integrated Cultural Landscape Planning at Ancient Corinth, Greece

Daniela Ventrelli (CNRS- ANHIMA UMR 8210- Paris) & Aurore Chery: Rubi Antiqua: A Social Instrument for Historical and Archaeological Re- discovery

Luis Gutiérrez Soler (Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arqueología Ibérica, Universidad de Jaén), María Alejo Armijo, Antonio Ortiz Villarejo & José Alejo Sáez: The Giribaile Transfer Experience

Poul Baltzer Heide (The Archipelago Museum of Southern Denmark): LandscapeMuseumLandscape – Turning a Community on to the Landscape

Javier Sánchez-Palencia, Almudena Orejas, Guillermo Reher (CSIC), Brais Currás: Measuring Heritage Policy Impact in Las Médulas Cultural Landscape

Roxana Maria Triboi ("Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism): Spontaneous Large Scale Practice, Urban Pastoralism as an Environmental Tool for Sustainable Urban Planning

Cecilia Rodéhn (Uppsala University): Gamla Uppsala: Landscape Formation and Heritage Practices

List of Posters

Cristina Taddei (Independent researcher); Simonetta Lupi & Giampaolo Francesconi: Landscape Archaeology and Democratic Participation: The Apennines of Pistoia, a Case Study

Audrey Roche (Archéolozère): From Collective Archaeology to Politics, or How Can an Archaeological Survey Affect the Political and Identity Fate of a Territory? The Case of Banassac Ancient terra sigillata Workshop (France)