Introduction to Natural Heritage

Course description

This course introduces Europe's cultural landscapes as the basis for understanding the importance of crossing disciplinary boundaries to safeguard natural and cultural heritage. Both cultural and natural heritage are integrated elements of the landscape which can be considered to be under threat. Importantly, actions that might initially seem useful in one sector can easily have negative impacts in the other. Europe is richly endowed with a great diversity of landscapes, with accompanying impressive histories and natural resources. The challenges and changes that face Europe extend beyond the heritage sectors, and certainly affect them; these changes relate directly to the exploitation of natural resources, climate change, changing demographics, and the pressures of tourism. Several EU member states have signed and ratified the European Landscape Convention which strives for sustainable development through the controlled management of change. It is important to understand why these two conservation sectors - that originated in the humanities and sciences - were separated in the first place, why this divide is problematic and then where opportunities lie for cooperation. This course introduces nature conservation and its relationship with archaeological heritage. The five modules explore heritage management within the scope of European landscapes and the benefits of crossing the boundaries between the disciplines of ecology and archaeology.

Prerequisites

Prior knowledge on the subject is not required.

Provider University of Amsterdam
Training mode Scheduled online course
Date available 05-04-2017
Expiring date 08-05-2017
Target group Professionals working in the archaeological heritage sector at a practical and policy level such as junior and medior archaeologists working for municipalities and other governmental bodies, archaeologists working for commercial companies, civil servants dealing with heritage issues, and educators of archaeological heritage.
Difficulty Intermediate
Language English
Fee Free
Authors Heleen van Londen, Marjo Schlaman, Andrea Travaglia, Kenneth Aitchison, Doug Rocks-Macqueen, Ben Lewis, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Kornelia Kajda, Luca Beraldi, Lieske de Wilde, Marcial Felgueiras, Miriam Cubas, Mikel Edeso, Barbara Grazzini, Lara Natalini
Contact
Marjo Schlaman
ecourse_anher@uva.nl
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