• La grande traversée. Discover the prehistoric pile-dwellings of the lake of Aiguebelette (France)
• European Heritage Days 2017: The heritage of power
• Consulting for UNESCO “Workshop on Cultural Sites’ Management in Palestine” in Amman (Jordan)
• Consulting for UNESCO “Reviewing the Management Plan of the Senegambian Stone cercles” in Dakar (Senegal)
• 23rd annual meeting of the EAA in Maastricht from the 30th August to 3rd September 2017
• Publication of the conference “Landscape, archaeology and tourism”
• Workshop on preventive archaeology in the Emirate of Sharjah
• Development of the Management plans for the UNESCO World Heritage Nomination of Sharjah: the gate to the Trucial States
• UNESCO World Heritage Days on the Pile dwellings: Treasure hunt on the lake of Biel
• Organisation of the third conference on Archaeology and Tourism: Landscape, Archaeology and Tourism
• Archaeological Archives
• Découvrir le passé de la ville dans le quotidien
• Organisation of the European Heads of Heritage Forum in Bern
• Study of Iron Age spindle whorls
• International logboat regatta in Biel/Bienne 2015
• Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Ancient City of Qalhat» in Oman
• Publication of the conference “Baths – Touristic heritage and historical Potential”
• Site of the month – Discover Switzerland’s unknown heritage throughout the year
• Syrian Heritage and SHIRIN
• xpertise for the Federal Office of Culture
• Consultancy for the implementation of smartphone applications in Algiers, Algeria
• Organisation of the «Log-boat festival with regatta in the bay of Biel/Bienne»
• Organisation ICAHM Annual Conference in Jishou (China): Universal Standards for Archaeological Heritage Management
• Organisation of the second conference on Archaeology and Tourism: « Baths – Touristic Heritage and Historical Potential»
• Project « tête-à-tête: Everybody’s different – and yet we’re all the same»
• Helbling Argentina
• Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Okinoshima Island and related sites in the Munakata Region» in Japan
• Publication of the first national conference on Archaeology and Tourism in Switzerland
• Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Sado Island Gold and Silver Mines» in Japan
• Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Micronesian Stone Heritage » in Micronesia
• Valorisation of the Lapidarium of Saint-Ursanne (JU)
• Consulting service for the Egyptology Seminar of the University of Basel
• Contest « tête-à-tête 2011-2012»
• Organisation of a conference on archaeology and tourism in 2012
• Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions» in Japan
The project consists in the study of the ceramic and metal finds of the Early Iron Age (Hallstatt) of Onnens-Le Motti (VD) in view of a scientific publication. This study includes a comparative typo-chronological analysis, the study of the material as well as its correlation with the archaeological structures. This study was published at the end of 2018.
Organization of the meeting and symposium “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement”
The Federal Office of Culture has commissioned ArchaeoConcept to organise the Permanent Conference of International Leaders for World Heritage Management “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement” and a public symposium in Geneva from 18 to 19 September 2018. The lectures focused on the architectural works of Le Corbusier, Victor Horta, Antoni Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright and Joze Plecnik. This was followed by a public debate. The participants of the permanent conference were able to visit the Clarté house in Geneva and the “Le Lac” villa in Corseaux sur Vevey.
To promote the prehistoric pile-dwellings of the lake of Aiguebelette, a three-day feast and a prehistoric logboat regatta was organised from the 15th to 17th of September 2017. It was the third international regatta after the ones held on the lakes of Biel (Switzerland) in 2015 and Attersee (Austria) in 2016. It was organized by the Communauté de communes of the lake of Aiguebelette and supported by the Conseil départemental de Savoie, Savoie Mont Blanc Tourisme, the scientific laboratory of the EDYTEM of the University of Savoy, the DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the Nouveau Musée Bienne and ArchaeoConcept.
From the 8th to the 6th century BC, the Swiss Plateau was occupied by the Hallstatt civilisation, which is recognisable through its monumental grave-mounds. They covered the tombs of local chieftains and their family, who were buried with their four-wheeled wagons, elaborate drinking vessels from Italy and fabulous golden jewellry. We proposed to visit the Hallstatt-period cemetery of Ins-Schaltenrain (canton of Bern) and spoke about how the Early Iron Age population came to its wealth thanks to commercial exchanges with the Mediterranean.
Holding a workshop in Amman (Jordan) as an ICOMOS expert for the UNESCO office in Ramallah on the development and implementation of management plans for the World Heritage sites of Palestine.
Consulting for UNESCO “Reviewing the Management Plan of the Senegambian Stone cercles” in Dakar (Senegal)
Active participation as an ICOMOS expert in a workshop on the reviewing of the management plan for the World Heritage sites Stone Circles of Senegambiain Dakar (Senegal).
Within the Framework of the EAA Working Party on Archaeology and Tourism, ArchaeoTourism2012, ArchaeoConcept and the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb organized a round table on Tourism and Archaeology “Do we speak the same language? For a constructive dialogue between tourism and archaeology”. It will give us the possibility to publish an article on the same subject.
The third archaeology and tourism conference “Landscape, archaeology and tourism” was held in Fribourg and the Broye region on 13th and 14th October 2016. The interventions and especially the results of the workshops represent a future tool for many professionals of culture and tourism. ArchaeoConcept is resonsible for the editing and publication of this third volume on Swiss Archaeology and Tourism.
As part of the implementation of the management plan for “Sharjah, the Gateway to the Trucial States”, we organized a workshop on preventive archaeology for the partners involved in the nomination. This workshop made it possible to recognize in particular the weaknesses inherent in the complex system of coordinated management between the various services for the protection of the heritage.
Development of the management plans for the UNESCO World Heritage Nomination of Sharjah: the gate to the Trucial States
ArchaeoConcept was appointed by the Emirate of Sharjah ( E.A.U) to develop and draft the management plan accompanying the file for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination ” Sharjah, the Gateway to the Trucial States “. The nomination file and the management plan were drafted so that they could be submitted in January, 2018 in the office of the UNESCO in Paris.
On Sunday 12th of June from 10h to 16h, the Nouveau Musée Bienne, ArchaeoConcept and the Archaeological Service of the canton of Bern propose a treasure hunt on the pile-dwelling sites on the lake of Biel: what does an exavation look like? How were the log boats built? What did the people eat during the Late Stone age? How can you determine the age of a pile from its year-rings? Why do the pile dwellings around the Alps belong to the UNESCO World Heritage?
THe answers to all these questions can be found in the seven stations. These are accessible by bicycle, roller skates or on foot. Each station will offer activities for young and old et will allow you to experience pile-dwelling archaeology in a very practical way.
ArchaeoConcept organised with the Association Archaeotourism2012, the Archaeological Service of Fribourg, Fribourg Région and the Tourism Association of Fribourg the third conference on Archaeology and Tourism. It was held in Fribourg and the Broye region on 13th and 14th October 2016. This conference addressed the issues of archaeology, tourism and landscape. This meeting offered the opportunity to professionals from various sectors to discuss common and interdisciplinary issues. This was the opportunity to rethink the valorisation of cultural heritage in the landscape so as to integrate it into the touristic practices in Switzerland.
The participation of researchers from Fribourg, Switzerland and Europe offered an opportunity for archaeologists to exchange on a subject of current research that is not yet accomplished in the field of Swiss heritage. The interventions and especially the results of the workshops, which represent a future tool for many professionals of culture and tourism, will be published in the year following the conference. You can find the programme here: http://www.archaeotourism2012.org
Participation of Switzerland in a European EAC (Europae Archaeologiae Concilium) project that will produce a best practice manual for the creation, compilation, transfer and curation of archaeological archives. Thanks to the analysis of the overview of the situation of archaeological archives throughout Switzerland, the project proposes standards that will be integrated in the European project.
And this is how our publication looks like!
Abstract project archaeological archives (pdf)
Core Standards for Archaeological Archiving ARCHES (pdf)
Website European Project ARCHES Archaeological Ressources in Cultural Heritage : a European Standard
Heritage and history are areas that provide a better understanding of both society and the environment in which we live. The originality of this project is to involve children in the search for the development of their urban environment by making them understand the evolution of heritage – their local heritage – and to share this knowledge with their peers. The second original point is the proximity of heritage specialists in research (restorers – archaeologists – archivists), which will make it possible to observe details and other elements unknown to the general public but which represent a great importance in understanding the regional past.
On the occasion of two conferences, one on craft techniques in the Bronze Age (APPRAB) in Saint Germain-en-Laye (France) and the other on domestic activities (AFEAF) in Nancy (France), Fabienne Médard, Michaël Landolt, Anne-Marie Adam and Cynthia Dunning set up a typology of textile production accessories for the Iron Age. From this preliminary analysis, a more ambitious project should be implemented in 2016 under the aegis of UMR 7044 – AMER (Archaeologie médio-européenne et rhénane) based in Strasbourg and as part of the “Territoires et productions au Hallstatt et à La Tène ancienne” operation. The aim is to complete the regional corpuses (of Northeastern France, Switzerland, Southern Germany and Italy), compare functions and types in relation to their distribution on the sites, identify possible regional groups and finally compare the results with contemporary textile discoveries.
The first international regatta with prehistoric logboats took place on the lake of Biel/Bienne on Sunday 31st of May 2015. It was followed by a round-table discussion on experimental archaeology in the Neues Museum Biel. This event was organised by the Neues Museum Biel and ArchaeoConcept.
From the 27th until the 29th of November 2014 ArchaeoConcept, the association ArchaeoTourism2012 in close cooperation with the city of Baden, organized the conference «Bathing Culture – Touristic heritage and cultural historical potential » in Baden, Switzerland. Around 100 people from archaeologists to town planners and from tourism managers to project developers gathered in Baden to discuss on the topic of historical baths. The lectures and the workshop results are now published in a French-German bilingual publication with summaries in English and Italian.
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The Roman villa of Pully and Lavaux – the Swiss defences of the First World War in Umbrail/ Val Mustaïr – the seaside resort of Weissenburgbad in the Simmental – a cave frequented by cave bears: The archaeological remains in Switzerland are less visible than those in Greece or Egypt, but no less interesting – quite the opposite. We invite you to discover Swiss archaeology and paleontology, its landscapes and treasures as you walk through the countryside and the seasons!
The main aim of this project is to raise awareness of Switzerland’s archaeological heritage and promote it as a sustainable tourist product. The project aims to bring together stakeholders from the tourism and archaeology sectors. This project offered informative and entertaining activities over a 12-month period from 2015 to 2016 on the theme of archaeology. Every month, the visitor is taken to Switzerland to access an archaeological or paleontological site chosen accordingly. He thus discovers different regions, their landscapes, their archaeological heritage, their local specialities. All the selected sites are accessible by public transport and are located close to facilities to welcome visitors (hotels, inns, restaurants, etc.).
The project is mainly supported by SECO Innotour and the Ernst Göhner Foundation.
In spring 2014, Prof. Dr. Mirko Novák of the University of Bern contacted ArchaeoConcept to help him organize a session on Syrian heritage founded by the Swiss Society for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (SGOA) during the 9th ICAANE (International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East). This session led to the foundation of an association called SHIRIN, based in Belgium. Cynthia Dunning has been invited to join the advisory board of this new association, whichhad its first statutory meeting in the spring of 2015.
ArchaeoConcept received two mandates from the Federal Office of Culture in 2013. The first was to compile the data for the national report of the European Heritage Net (Herein 3). The second mandate was to check the list of built and archaeological heritage of regional importance for the whole of Switzerland.
In April, Cynthia Dunning was invited to Algeria by Salah Amokrane, Director of the Maritime Museum of Algiers, to give a presentation on the smartphone application that has been created for the World Heritage of
UNESCO of prehistoric pile-dwellings around the Alps. In parallel to this conference, she met Mourad Betrouni from the Directorate of Legal Protection of Cultural Property and Valuation of the
Cultural Heritage, at the Algerian Ministry of Culture. Algeria would really like to start a discussion with the Federal Department of Culture on the protection of cultural property and its illegal export.
«The prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps» became UNESCO World Heritage in 2011 and consist of 111 sites in 6 countries around the Alps of which 56 are located in Switzerland. For this reason the Nouveau Musée Biennois (NMB) decided to organize the exhibition «Logboat. Prehistory of Navigation» from March till July of 2014. ArchaeoConcept arranged the catering for the pile dwelling with prehistory inspired food at the Museum of Biel.
One of the grand activities of the exhibition was to build a logboat and organize a fun activity around the launching of the boat. Therefore the NMB contacted ArchaeoConcept for the organization of a logboat regatta and festival on the Lake of Biel on International Museums Day, May 18th 2014. On this sunny day, 10 teams battled to win one of the three prices: free entrance to the NMB for one year; a team dinner at Restaurant Räblus on the Lake; a professional guided tour of a WH pile dwelling site in the Three Lakes Region. Beside the regatta there were also workshops for children on dendrochronology and archaeobotanics, children and adults could also go on the lake on the guest log-boat Gransen from Oberägeri (canton of Zug), there was a mobile foodtruck were people could something to eat and drink and the day was closed with a performance by the ‘Shanty Crew’.
Organisation of the ICAHM Annual Conference in Jishou (China) : Universal Standards for Archaeological Heritage Management
On behalf of the International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), ArchaeoConcept organised the Annual ICAHM meeting in Jishou (Hunan Province, China), which was held from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2014 in close cooperation with ICOMOS China and Jishou University. The themes were: The management of linear, transnational and serial sites such as the Silk Route, the Roman Limes or the Great Wall; Universal standards for archaeological heritage management; Development, compliance and archaeological heritage: working with international finance and business; The application of aerial and satellite remote sensing to archaeological research and heritage management; Incorporating intangible culture into management and research programs; Representing and preserving minority cultures and dealing with stakeholders.
Alongside this program, excursions were organised to Beijing, Chengdu, Zhangjiajie and Xi’an. 103 participants attended the conference from 17 different countries.
Organisation of the second conference on Archaeology and Tourism: « Baths – Touristic Heritage and historical Potential»
Together with the association Archaeotourism2012 and the town of Baden (Switzerland), ArchaeoConcept organised this international conference in Baden from the 27th till the 29th of November 2014. This conference brought together archaeologists, historians, built heritage experts, investors as well as tourism and marketing specialists and managers of modern bath and wellness resorts. All the plenary talks were in some way connected to the case of the development of the historic baths of Baden, and each talk presented different points of view from different places in Switzerland and abroad (Bath (GB), Baden-Baden (D), Aachen (D), Budapest (H), Aix-les-Bains (F)) to better understand the potential of the baths of Baden. During the workshops, the participants exchanged ideas and advice on important subjects like the planning of baths, their economic potential, labeling and the value of this particular heritage.
ArchaeoConcept has submitted a proposal to the Canton of Bern’s 2013 “tête à tête” program. The project is of particular value to classes with many children from different cultural backgrounds. It focused on objects of cross-cultural significance such as bread, pottery, and clothing, and uses role-playing exercises and other activities to explore the traditions and rituals associated with the manufacture and use of these goods from prehistoric times until the present day. This approach to history and culture encourages a sense of social cohesion by allowing children from diverse backgrounds to explore their common ground.
The project consists in the preparation of an exhibition and publication on the scientific work of the Swiss geologist, geographer and cartographer Robert Helbling, who explored the mountains and glaciers of the Andes south of the Aconcagua. The exhibition Bivouac#08. Tierra incógnita. La collection cartographique d’Argentine de Robert Helbling was shown in the Swiss alpine Museum (alps), Helvetiaplatz 4, CH-3005 Berne from December 14 2013 to 8th of June 2014.
Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Okinoshima Island and related sites in the Munakata Region» in Japan
Cynthia Dunning participated twice as a consultant at the fourth and fifth international expert meetings on the UNESCO World Heritage nomination “Okinoshima Island and related sites in the Munakata Region” from the 2nd till the 4th of February 2013. The themes of this meeting were to review the draft nomination dossier in particular the identification and description of the property (selection of component parts), the history and justification of the property (definition of criteria) as well as the Outstanding Universal Value (authenticity and integrity), the conservation and management of the property (buffer zones and community participation) and comparative analysis around the world.
The first national conference on Archaeology and Tourism took place in Thun on 8th and 9th November 2012. The lectures and results of the workshops held on this occasion have been published. The book is written in both French and German with summaries in English and Italian. We hope that it will be considered as the basis for a long term dialogue between archaeologists and tourism specialists.
The publication: ArchaeoTourism Archéologie et Tourisme en Suisse / Archäologie und Tourismus in der Schweiz
Cynthia Dunning also participated in an expert meeting on the UNESCO World Heritage bid on Sado Island Gold and Silver Mines. The visit comprised of a three-day tour and fruitful discussions on the Outstanding Universal Value and the criteria, the selection of the component parts as well as comparisons with other sites in the world. During the meeting, the management plan was also discussed in particular in relation with the private ownership of Mitsubishi.
Invited by John Peterson, Cynthia Dunning joined ICAHM’s co-presidents Willem Willems and Douglas Comer for a consultancy tour throughout Micronesia, Guam and the Central and Northern Marianna Islands from the 8th till the 16th of April 2013. The objective of the trip was to evaluate the possibility of building a trans-boundary UNESCO World Heritage bid on « Micronesian Stone Heritage ».
The project aims at the conceptualisation for the new exhibition in the Lapidarium of the museum of Saint-Ursanne. This concept includes two parts, one concerning the architecture and the second dealing with conservational and museographical aspects of the collection.
The head of the Egyptology Seminar and person in charge of the “University of Basel King’s Valley Project” is looking for new sponsors for her project. ArchaeoConcept gave her advice on the preparation of an appropriate folder and assisted her with a list of interested foundations.
ArchaeoConcept participated in the first contest for cultural projects with schools of the canton of Bern 2011-2012. ArchaeoConcept’s project consisted in bringing professional archaeologists into the class room (4th grade). These archaeologists would present certain aspects of their work and propose activities in connection with these particular aspects. The project passed the first obstacle but did not arrive amongst the primed projects. However these activities are offered in the programme Kulturprojekte in der Schule (KidS)/ Projécoles. http://www.erz.be.ch/erz/de/index/kultur/bildung_kultur/search_kulturangebot.html
The first national “Archaeology and Tourism” conference, organised by “ArchaeoTourism 2012”, was held in Thun Castle on 8th and 9th November 2012. More than fifty participants, archaeologists as well as tourism specialists, came together to identify their common interests, explore their differences, and to get know each other better with a view to working together more effectively. This meeting was subsidized by the Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Tourism and the Swiss Federation of Tourism as well as by local partners such as Vivat and the city of Thun. The first two lectures, which introduced archaeology to the tourism specialists and tourism to the archaeologists, opened up the debate between both partners. Workshops then provided an opportunity for discussions on specific themes, such as the development of a language common to tourism and archaeology, and the need for a platform on which information can be exchanged. The final three lectures showed that archaeology and tourism already work together well, even though there is still much to be done in order to develop common structures, communications and training. The results of these considerations will be published in June 2013, and further workshops and conferences will be organised in future years.
Invitation et Programme
Consultancy for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination «Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions» in Japan
Cynthia Dunning was invited as an ICOMOS/ICAHM expert member to Northern Japan (Aomori, Sapporo) to give a lecture on the UNESCO World Heritage “Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps” and expert advice on the tentative UNESCO world heritage site Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other régions.
The official ceremony for the inscription of the pile dwellings from the Alpine region in the UNESCO World Heritage list took place in the Laténium, Neuchâtel on the 9th of September 2011. ArchaeoConcept was asked by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and the Association Palafittes to organise the ceremony. Around 200 people witnessed the handing over of the certificates to the six representatives of the participating countries in the presence of Federal Minister Didier Burkhalter. Afterwards there was a reception on a boat on the Lake of Neuchâtel to give the guests a full Palafittes experience and an official dinner in Neuchatel.
The project involved an analysis of the legislation concerning archaeological heritage in the Canton of Vaud compared with the European conventions as well as other Swiss cantonal laws on heritage management.
This project consisted of building a special website for the Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Leiden (NL). See: www.willemwillems.com