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Cultural Landscapes: what for?

Dear Colleagues,

Our CHeriScape-network has a session at the upcoming Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) to be held in Uppsala, Sweden on 23-25 August 2016. There is still two weeks left to submit your paper proposal (deadline 1st of April). Please find our session at the conference’s website, you will also find more information on how to submit your proposal.

CHeriScape session: A4 - “Cultural Landscapes: what for?” - Demonstrating the social impact of our work: Guillermo Reher - Graham Fairclough

In recent years, there has been an increasing expectation among policy makers and society more widely for investment in science and in heritage to be justified in social terms, not least in the light of the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage to Society, and of the ELC’s emphasis on democratic participation in constructing and managing landscape. This should have compelled landscape archaeologists to become doubly aware of the need to show the value generated by their activities, whether these are social or economic. But has it? More often than not landscape archaeologists are greatly involved in the post-excavation valorization, planning and management of these areas, but in what is often an unrecognized role for landscape and heritage, hard evidence of the benefits of cultural landscape research are rarely presented. In this session, organised by members of the JPI-Cultural Heritage network ‘CHeriScape’ (, we will consider how landscape archaeologists are responding to this socio-political requirement for greater accountability. We will invite the presentation of examples of archaeologically-informed research and practice in cultural landscapes where there has been a concurrent or subsequent effort to evaluate the positive impact on society. In particular we invite discussion on how monitoring and evaluation was carried out, what resulted, and whether this was duly pitched to the policy makers, to positively reflect on the discipline. This session aims to include both landscape archaeology practitioners and specialists with experience in evaluating and quantifying the impact of cultural landscapes, so that the inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue can help enrich the practice of researchers, scientists, cultural resource managers, spatial planners and consultants.

Partners and colleagues also organise sessions at LAC 2016:

  • D3 - Rethinking “critical frontier studies”: Disentangling transitional landscape narratives Francesco Carrer, Rob Collins, Caron Newman (Newcastle University) ;

  • G3 - Geophysical approaches to landscape archaeology. Phillipe De Smedt and Immo Trinks (UGent)

All the best,

Niels Dabaut, Researcher CheriScape Joint Research ProjectGuest Member of Staff at Newcastle UniversityGeography Department, Ghent UniversityKrijgslaan 281 - S8B-9000 GhentBelgiumtel: + 32 9 264 45 58, mail:

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