Institute of Archaeology
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Managing Archaeological Sites


The core course will introduce students to the preservation and public presentation of archaeological sites. The course will focus on a model of site management planning as an aid to reconciling conflicting interests in the "use" of a site, including research, conservation, and tourism. It explores different approaches to valuing heritage, community and interest groups involvement, the aims and principles of conservation, heritage legislation and charters, and the influence of past interventions on present-day perceptions of the past. Principles are illustrated with a wide variety of international case studies.

Aims of the course

  • 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 demonstrate the need for site management planning as a tool for conservation.
  • To facilitate debate on the theory and methodology of value-based management planning processes.
  • To provide students with an understanding of the tools and the techniques for documenting and assessing a site, producing a conservation and management plan, and implementing it.

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 and practical sessions. In addition, at least three fieldtrips will be arranged to give students greater familiarity with the methods and techniques covered in the course.

An optional one week field-school is organised in the spring, designed to develop teamworking in a practical context.

Seminars have weekly recommended reading, which students will be expected to have done, to be able fully to follow and to actively contribute to discussion.

Course information

  • Code: ARCLG127
  • Credits: 30
  • Coordinator: Anastasia Sakellariadi
  • Prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisites for this course.
  • Handbook: open»

For registered students


  • Running in 2015-16

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