Archaeology and Economic Development 2012

Mind the Gap: Economic and Cultural Values in Archaeology

The use of archaeology for economic development represents a non-traditional use of sites, material and knowledge normally valued for their cultural aspects. Economic benefits and uses of archaeology are often presented in opposition to cultural ones in much of heritage management theory and practice. This divide has lead to inadequate consideration of the economic values of archaeology, its place in economic development and a lack of data on its characteristics. It has hamstrung archaeology’s potential to contribute a full range of benefits to the public.

Based on research in Scotland and in Jordan, this paper presents concepts to help bridge the gap between these values and provide a more holistic view of archaeological resources which considers the relationships between cultural and economic values and provides a basis for archaeologists to better approach, consider and manage this vital aspect of archaeology

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