Teaching Archaeological Heritage Management: Towards a Change in Paradigms

Annemarie Willems, Suzanne Elizabeth Thomas, Visa Aleksis Immonen, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Iida Kalakoski, Alicia Castillo Mena, Elena Pérez González, Aron Mazel, Viktorija L.A. Ceginskas, Ulla Lähdesmäki, Cheryl White, Tuuli Lädesmäki

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The concept of archaeological heritage management (AHM) has been key to wider archaeological research and preservation agendas for some decades. Many universities and other education providers now offer what is best termed heritage management education (HME) in various forms. The emphasis is commonly on archaeological aspects of heritage in a broad sense and different terms are often interchangeable in practice. In an innovative working-conference held in Tampere, Finland, we initiated a debate on what the components of AHM as a course or curriculum should include. We brought together international specialists and discussed connected questions around policy, practice, research and teaching/training, at local, national, transnational and World Heritage levels. In this article we take the Tampere discussions further, focusing especially on the meaning, necessity, implications and prerequisites of interdisciplinary HME. We offer our thoughts on developing HME that reflects the contemporary aspects and needs of heritage and its management.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)297-318
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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