31 March 2021
The Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park is the second case study addressed by professionals from the Mediterranean and Latin America involved in the online programme designed for the International School of Cultural Heritage of 2021. The site represents a very peculiar case in terms of history and landscape, with its unique feature of including the Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia,.
The programme allows Italian and foreign professionals to exchange reflections and perspectives on the most topical and crucial issues for the management of archaeological parks and museums, through the discussion of thirteen concrete case –studies shared by Italian speakers and as many subsequent collective discussions.
The frontal session which took place on March 22nd 2021 featured Fabio Pagano and Enrico Gallocchio, respectively Park Director and archaeological officer responsible for the Baia and Liternum sites of the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park. The session was an opportunity to share with the foreign colleagues participating in the programme, some examples of good practices recently introduced for the enhancement of the sites of the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park. In particular, the session focused on the launch of the new governance model developed for the public-private management of two important component of the site: the Piscina Mirabilis in Bacoli and the so-called Temple of Serapis in Pozzuoli.
For the subsequent round table held on March 31st 2021, the speakers Fabio Pagano, Enrico Gallocchio and colleague Arianna Vernillo were joined by six colleagues from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Morocco, with whom they further deepened the discussion of the case-study.
The theme of public-private partnership models in the management of archaeological sites, which stemmed from the discussion of the case of underwater archaeological parks such as the Archaeological Park of Baia, was an opportunity to reflect in general on the various strategies of protection and coordination with local territorial authorities implemented to enhance extensive and composite sites.
As examples of management of heterogeneous and complex archaeological sites brought to the attention of the group by the international participants, the discussion also focused on the archaeological site of Tyre in Lebanon where an important work of valorisation is underway; and the site of Wadi El-Hitan, known as the Valley of the Whales in the Fayoum area, Egypt.
The International School of Cultural Heritage progamme
Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia
courtesy of Ministry of culture – Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park