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MA in Managing Archaeological Sites

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Co-ordinator: Tim Williams

This degree aims to examine the theory and practice of archaeological site management, the reasons for selecting sites for preservation, and the methods for successful management and conservation of a site's significance. By the end of the degree, students should be able to understand and apply a planning process based on the recognition of a site's values and of its interest groups, or stakeholders. Students will also learn practical methods for the physical conservation of different categories of archaeological sites and will master a technical vocabulary adequate to communicate with site management specialists. The degree has an international perspective and will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, conservation, planning, architecture, museum studies). In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage administration or international organisations. The Institute is a recipient of the Conservation and Heritage Management Award, from the Archaeological Institute of America, for exceptional achievement in these fields. Students benefit from the Institute's emphasis on the role of heritage in today's society, from the art and archaeology collections of University College London, and from the unrivalled resources of London's museums. The Institute of Archaeology supports the principles of the 1970 UNESCO Convention and the 1995 Unidroit Convention and is unique as a UK academic department in having an ethics policy concerning the illicit trade in antiquities.


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