UNESCO World Heritage List nomination for Philippi

7 May 2014

The archaeological site of Philippi, Geece

Institute alumna Anastasia Sakellariadi has co-ordinated the consultation process for Philippi's nomination to UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The Greek Ministry of Culture has officially informed the Municipality of Kavala that the archaeological site of Philippi will be Greece’s next nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in September 2014.

The management plan that is included in the nomination file, entitled Management Plan for the Cultural Resources of the Area of Philippi, has been drafted by Institute alumna Anastasia Sakellariadi who took up the management and co-ordination of the consultation process with support and advice from Henry Cleere, Tim Williams and Centre for Applied Archaeology consultants and staff Kirsty Norman and Sarah Wolferstan.

The announcement has been reported in the Greek media by the Athens – Macedonian News Agency.  An extract in English is given below:

The archaeological site of Philippi is inextricably associated not only with the glorious city that Philip the King of Macedon founded but also with the renowned battle that determined the future of the Roman Empire. It is also the area where Saint Paul, Apostle of all Nations, first stepped upon Greek and European soil to preach the New Testament and baptise at the shore of Zygaktes river the first woman Christian, Saint Lydia…The nomination file is in the final stage of approval by the Ministry of Culture.”

Anastasia completed the Institute's MA in Public Archaeology in 2005-6 and subsequently undertook research on the sociopolitical and economic role of archaeology in Greece, being awarded her PhD in 2011. She is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute and Managing Editor of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS) published in collaboration with the British Library and which is now accepting submissions for publication in 2014.