In many parts of Europe over the past 60-plus years archaeological air photography has brought to light more previously unknown heritage sites than any other method of exploration. Air photography has now been joined by satellite imagery, airborne laser scanning and a variety of airborne and ground-based survey techniques. Better public understanding and appreciation of these visual and material links with the past can lead to greater enjoyment and caring, and through this to better heritage conservation.
Aims of the ArcLand Project
The target of the ArchaeoLandscapes project is to address existing imbalances in the use of modern surveying and remote sensing techniques and to create conditions for the regular use of these strikingly successful techniques across the Continent as a whole. It aims to create a self-sustaining network to support the use throughout Europe of aerial survey and ‘remote sensing’ to promote understanding, conservation and public enjoyment of the shared landscape and archaeological heritage of the countries of the European Union.
The project represents the culmination of a growing European cooperation from the mid-1990s onwards. Now federating 42 prestigious institutions in the field of archaeology and heritage protection (1 Coordinator, 26 Co-organisers and 15 Associated Partners) from 26 separate countries, it will bring that process to a sustainable and self-supporting future as the long-term legacy of this and earlier EU-assisted initiatives.
The central theme of concerted action and cooperation will be stressed through annual meetings of the whole of the membership and the project’s Management Board, to agree policy, review progress and plan new initiatives. Much of the project’s work, however, will be undertaken through specialist ‘focus-groups’ and carefully structured ‘work-packs’ setting out operational programmes and timetables for each of the project’s eight key objectives or ‘Actions’.
Dialogue with target groups in the community will focus on multilingual and interactive web-based presentation. Use will also be made of leaflets, booklets and more substantial publications to engage both with ordinary citizens and with specialists in various aspects of heritage exploration, management and presentation.
The project’s long-term legacy will be better appreciation of the landscape and archaeological heritage of Europe, closer contact between heritage professionals and the general public, more effective conservation of the shared cultural heritage, the international sharing of skills and employment opportunities, better public and professional education, the wider use of archive resources and modern survey techniques, and higher professional standards in landscape exploration and conservation.
September 2010 ► September 2015
Römisch-Germanische Kommission [DE], Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań [PL], Archaeological Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences [SK], English Heritage [UK], Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) [GR], Holstebro Museum [DK], In Flanders Field Museum [BE], Institute of Archaeology (Belgrade) [RS], Institute of Archaeology [SI], Institutul de Memorie Culturala (CIMEC) [RO], Janus Pannonius Museum (former Directorate of Baranya County Museums) [HU], Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) [NO], Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland [UK], Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center, Cyprus (STARC) [CY], Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) [SI], Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) [ES], State Office for Cultural Heritage Management Baden-Wuerttemberg [DE], The Discovery Programme [IE], UCD School of Archaeology [IE], University of Exeter [UK], University of Foggia [IT], University of Glasgow [UK], University of Klaipėda [LT], University of Leiden [NL], University of Ljubljana [SI], University of Salento (Lecce) [IT], University of Siena [IT]