3 June 2022
Ten days of training, debates, guided tours, and workshops in Athens for nine archaeologists and architects – all of them officials of the Italian Ministry of culture – within the life-long and professional training programme Skills in action, organized by the Fondazione in collaboration with the Direzione generale Educazione e ricerca of the Italian Ministry of culture, the SAIA Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, the Pireo Superintendency and the Acropolis Museum of Athens.
Hosted by the SAIA guest house, the officials are welcomed by a delegation of the Fondazione, SAIA professors, and colleagues of the Pireo Superintendency and of the Acropolis Museum, together with Greek architects and archaeologists to get to know some of the most interesting cases in museum studies, public enjoyment and management of cultural heritage in continental Greece.
With lectures, guided tours and laboratories, the Italian and Greek professionals debate the main issues and challenges in the planning and management of seven case studies: the Acropolis and Agora of Athens, the Delta Falirou sites, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, the Pnyx Hill, the Archaeological Museum of Chalkida Arethusa, and the Athens metro stations where commercial archaeological investigations have been carried out and displayed.
All of these sites and museums allow tackling specific issues, with a focus on the relationship between public and private management of archaeological sites, industrial archaeology, digital tool applications in museums, methods of urban commercial archaeology, and the role of educational and communication programmes in archaeological sites for cultural heritage education. These topics not only are at the center of the scientific debate but are also particularly relevant in both Italian and Greek cultural contexts, as for the similar socio-economical conditions, the pervasiveness of the archaeological heritage, and the widespread presence of historic, archaeological, and landscape elements in their urban centers.
At the end of the training course, officials are asked to draft and submit an applied research project dealing with the debated topics. A commission of experts evaluates the proposals and selects the three projects that most align with the institutional needs of the Italian and Greek partners for future development.
In 2023, the Greek partners are hosted in Italy by the Institutions of the Italian participants to complete the exchange of experience and points of view on the most relevant issues in the field of archaeological heritage management.