Valuing an ancient palaestra in the centre of Athens: The Public, the Experts and Aristotle
1 January 2013
This paper investigates the values assigned to the archaeological site widely known as ‘Lykeion’ of Aristotle’ – the famous ancient Greek philosopher–by experts and non-experts. The paper revolves around the premise that values should be holistically conceived as both the ‘what’ is valued and the ‘whys’ that drive the ‘whats’. Based on semi-structured interviews and quantitative questionnaires the diverse values attributed by professionals, such as architects, archaeologists or conservators, and the wider public will be unveiled. It will be demonstrated that values vary fundamentally not only between experts and non-experts but also within groups of experts. Furthermore, it will be argued that the conduct of in-depth research aimed at exploring experts’ and non-experts’ values and meanings, prior to interventions for the enhancement of any archaeological site is vital for managing potential tensions and for offering an integrated interpretation strategy.
Valuing an ancient palaestra in the centre of Athens: The Public, the Experts and Aristotle. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 15 (1), 30-44.
Fouseki, K., Sakka, N. (2013)
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