Innovative format of education and training of the integrated archaeological and natural heritage

The project’s ultimate objective involves improving skills for green jobs and eventually create green work places for people from archaeological and natural heritage sectors. Understanding the environmental impact of archaeological heritage and significance of natural heritage for regulations and practices in the domain of archaeological heritage is to be mainstreamed into education and vocational training systems. Accordingly, the project will produce a range of innovative didactic materials that shall meet these objectives. Finally, in order to make the delivery of this new content sustainable, the project intends to establish Centers of Integrated Heritage Teaching Excellence. They will provide an organizational structure to educational activities in the domain of integrated heritage.  They shall be able to effectively use different methods of distance learning in the domain of the integrated heritage dedicated to different job markets.

A need of developing and upgrading vocational skills in the sector of protection and management of archaeological and natural heritage is a must taking into account dynamic changes over the past couple of years in both fields in Europe. Doubtless to say, these are not sufficiently known among people professionally responsible for the protection and management of both archaeological and natural heritage across Europe. As both heritage domains need to be systematically integrated, the project intends to identify their nature along with its constituent elements. This will then be used for the production of training materials and methodology of content preparation and delivery to meet the needs of rapidly changing modes of protection and management of archaeological and natural heritage sectors in the Partners’ countries as well as a significance of this integrated heritage in spatial planning and regional development policies.

The project is a first attempt to produce integrated didactic materials systematically addressing wide concerns of both archaeological and natural heritage professionals. The high quality materials shall be produced following the detailed analysis of the state-of-the-art in both types of heritage, in particular their dynamically changing roles in different domains of contemporary Europe.

The project is explicitly based upon outcomes of two LdV projects (PL/07/LLP-LdV/TOI/140017; 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11465) and it aims to transfer both methodology of course production and training, as well as use of didactic materials stored in the Content Repository (