Institute of Archaeology


Managing Archaeological Sites

This core course will introduce students to the theory and practice of the preservation, management and presentation of archaeological sites.


The course focuses the ethical issues of site management and explores this through a holistic values-based model of site management planning, as an aid to recognising conflicting interests in the value/use of a site. It explores different approaches to valuing heritage, attitudes towards authenticity, heritage legislation and charters, participatory planning, power in decision-making, approaches to site conservation, interpretation, marketing and sustainable tourism. The role and value of UNESCO World Heritage Sites is explored. Principles are illustrated with a wide variety of international case studies.

Aims of the course

  • To debate the ethics of archaeological resource management
  • To provide an understanding of the processes that lead to the preparation and implementation of a site management plan
  • To equip the students with the theory and practice needed to carry out similar processes


  • To facilitate debate on the theory and methodology of value-based management planning processes
  • To demonstrate the need for site management planning as a holistic tool
  • To provide students with an understanding of the tools and the techniques for developing and implementing a site management plan

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Observation and critical reflection
  • Application of acquired knowledge
  • Written and oral presentation skills

Teaching Methods

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, practical sessions and field visits. At least four fieldtrips will be arranged, to give students greater familiarity with the methods and techniques covered in the course.

Course information

  • Code: ARCL0108 
  • Credits: 30
  • Coordinator: Gai Jorayev
  • Prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisites for this course.
  • Handbook: open»

For registered students


  • Running in 2020-21