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International experts explore the context of change and the move from analogue to digital

Cultural Heritage (CH) itself, the ways in which it is made, held, collected, curated, exhibited, or simply exists, have completely changed in the 21st century. This context of change has also transformed the roles and links between memory institutions, CH professionals, citizens, and economic and social actors at all the spheres of society.

In order to understand this context of change, the RICHES project organised a workshop at the Turkish National Library (Ankara, Turkey). Two intense days of discussion allowed the participants to discuss key questions about how these transformations are evolving, and identify the main opportunities and trends for the upcoming years.

On the 14th May the workshop explored best practices and trends on Cultural Heritage transmission in a changing world. Amalia Sabiescu (Coventry University, UK) provided insights about this context of change, particularly on the development of new skills and the preservation of traditional skills. Mayor Veysel Tiryaki, from the Ankara Municipality of Altindag (Turkey), presented the experience of Hamamonu and the transformation of physical resources. A guided tour on the afternoon allowed the participants to discover the results of the intervention at Hamamonu, which constitutes a case study in the framework of the RICHES project. Exploring the CH transmission and its impact on education and learning, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Emin Kucuk (Hacettepe Technology Transfer Center, Turkey) presented the Global Libraries Project Turkey. Closing that session,  MEMOLA Project presented its activities on Cultural Landscapes as places to get involved.

The final session of the workshop was completely interactive and open to discussion. Participants addressed specific aspects linked to the workshop topics in three parallel discussion groups. 

Finally, the findings of the discussion sessions where reported to the global audience, and the RICHES project coordinator, Neil Forbes, concluded the event sharing the closing remarks. The event has been a successful platform to discuss key aspects linked to the RICHES project research, proving insights to continue exploring and understanding the context of change and the move from analogue to digital.

For more information visit: RICHES Workshop in Ankara (Turkey)

Seminar: The upper Vjosa Valley in the Dark Ages

Seminar The upper Vjosa Valley in the Dark Ages a lost territory of the Byzantine Empire by A. Miti, Researcher at CeRPHAAL.  The Seminar will be in the University of Granada at 12:30 Aula 22. 

This presentation examines the characteristics of the archaeological rural landscape of the territories of the Upper Vjosa Valley during the Early Middle Ages. It will introduce to the up to date results of the research, regarding the settlement identification and rural population characteristics over the Early Medieval, a period, commonly known as the “Dark Ages”, and during which the Mediterranean world was widely affected by large scale socio-economic, political, cultural and religious changes.

The research answer questions regarding settlement abandonment or continuity, the impact of the “barbarians” population in the territory, changes in the economic activities and ways of life, as well as it tries to observe the cultural legacy with the later Medieval settlement of the Valley. The study represents a multidisciplinary approach on the reconstruction of the historic landscape of the Upper Vjosa Valley, and also a methodological model applied in the study of similar territories of the Byzantine world.

Microscopic findings and soil genetic "indicators" in support of pedoarchaeological studies

Università degli Studi di Palermo presentarà un poster alla conferenza "Biologia e Archaeobiologia: dalla Conoscenza alla Conservazione Preventiva" a Palermo. Organizzatà dalla Associazione Italiana di Archeometria.