Archaeological landscapes are those parts of our natural and built environment that are usually officially marked as cultural heritage and/or protected areas due to their relevance to our contemporary life as indicators of cultural identity materializing cultural history. As such, they are subject to public interest at local, regional, national and international level, not the least as assets marketed as tourism destinations in our globalized world.
The ERASMUS Intensive Programmes (IP) project Archaeological Landscapes – Preservation, Design, Use (PreDU) aims to offer graduate training in the preservation, design and use of the archaeological landscape through a multilateral and multidisciplinary workshop in Erythrai/Ildırı on the Aegean coast of Turkey near Izmir.
The programme is designed for students of related graduate programmes in the higher education institutions of the participating countries. In addition to training the participating students in the field of presentation and development of cultural heritage in archaeologically protected areas, the programme will offer a discussion ground for the experts participating among the teaching staff to develop a common ground for integrated and sustainable solutions to preserve, to use and to present archaeological landscapes with their built monuments.
The programme consists of lectures by the participating experts on various topics, workshops along selected themes to be introduced in these lectures, and complementary field work. The following design phase aims to integrate the practical documentation and analyses with the theoretical framework drawn during the lecture wherein each one of the participating fields of specialization would introduce their basic principles, objectives and methods of working in archaeological landscapes. This corresponds to 4 ECTS credits.
As an ERASMUS IP project, Archaeological Landscapes – Preservation, Design, Use is conducted in the frame of the Lifelong Learning Programme by the European Commission and under the auspices of Izmir Institute of Technology.