CPAVO : Planning Conference of Archaeologists of the Near East
Iraq and Syria. The Archaeological Heritage of Risks and Prospects
16-17 December 2016, FLORENCE, the palace of the Captains of the Guelph
Organized by CAMNES (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies), in collaboration with the City of Florence (UNESCO Office) and the Academy of Arts of Design in Florence.
CAMNES and the Municipality of Florence (UNESCO Office) have constituted a Scientific and Organizing Committee, which met in Florence on June 28th with the specific purpose to define and organize this upcoming event. The project behind this conference is based on the fact that the scientific community of archaeologists of the Near East is able to make an active and important contribution in addressing issues related to prevention, conservation and enhancement of archaeological and cultural heritage in contexts currently affected by conflicts, more specifically Iraq and Syria.
The Scientific and Organizing Committee feels it is necessary to bring together all the scholars of this discipline, currently active, involved or potentially interested in projects of excavations and research in Syria and Iraq, with the aim of producing concrete proposals and projects based on the topics of heritage at risk, local strategies of protection, stakeholders, archaeologists as a source of information in the context of crisis and public archaeology and communication.
The event will bring together all the scholars of this subject, involved or potentially interested in the excavations and research projects in Syria-Iraq and with the aim of producing concrete proposals and projects on the following themes:
HERITAGE AT RISK: elements related to specific contexts and issues pertaining to the critical assessment of specialists. Analysis of specific issues regarding archaeological sites, architectural monuments and museums in the affected areas, as well as preventive mode of action.
LOCAL STRATEGIES OF PROTECTION / OPERATIONAL MODELS: identification and development – including a critical approach to the past – of new research and conservation methodologies, which satisfy the changing requirements of action and the necessities imposed by specific contexts. Already implemented best practices/projects to be disseminated and shared in integrated projects developed jointly by various actors. Rules, laws and bureaucracy issues, including questions related to the illicit trafficking in antiquities.
ARCHAEOLOGIST AS A SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN THE CONTEXT OF CRISIS: archaeology, as a social science, is strongly connected with the contemporary society. Archaeologists as “cultural mediators” – between, on the one hand, cultures of the past and present and, on the other, between the Western culture and those of host countries – in addition to the official relations with the local authorities, operate completely immersed in the socio-cultural areas in which they operate; archaeologists’s privileged position, rendering them both witnesses and sources of information in times of conflict and crisis.
PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY and COMMUNICATION: analysis of critical issues pertinent to the relationship with local communities (“Local perception of cultural heritage”) for the protection and enhancement of heritage. Development of communication and dissemination strategies based on activities undertaken and planned by archaeologists on-site.
STAKEHOLDERS: avenues of interaction with the scientific community and institutions in host countries (regarding both excavations and museums). Issues relating to training of the local staff