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A survey on the European perception of archaeology and archaeological heritage

Europeans and archaeology

This booklet was created as part of a European cooperation programme called NEARCH, supported by the European Commission. The NEARCH partnership is designed to create new scenarios for archaeology and heritage; to foster the relationship between contemporary European societies and our realm of expertise. It aims to understand what citizens think and expect of their relation with heritage; involve communities in our processes, our decisions; and understand what it means for us as professionals. We are trying to create contexts to rethink our discipline and open our field to more collective and inclusive practices.

In order to obtain an objective view of the perception of heritage and archaeology we asked European citizens about their relation to it directly.



What is archaeology ?
What is the purpose of archaeology ?
Does archaeology help us understand the past ?
Does archaeology help us understand the present ?
Does archaeology serve to communicate our history and live in the present ?
Does archaeology contribute to economic development ?
Who manages archaeology ?
Who conducts archaeological research ?
What does an archaeologist do ?
What are your cultural  practices related to archaeology ?
What are your sources of information about archaeology ?
How do you feel about archaeology ?
How should we support archaeology ?
What do you expect from archaeology ?
What do you expect from preventive archaeology ?
NEARCH Project

MARX (Amala) ed., NURRA (Federico) ed. , SALAS ROSSENBACH (Kai) ed. — Europeans and archaeology. A survey on the European perception of archaeology and archaeological heritage. Paris: NEARCH, 2017. 58 p.

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  • A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań, PL
  • Archaeology Data Service, York, UK
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
  • Culture LAB, Tervuren, BE
  • German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, DE
  • Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage, Bologna, IT
  • Institute of Heritage Sciences, Santiago de Compostela, ES
  • Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL
  • Le Centquatre-Paris, FR
  • Leiden University, NL
  • L’Unité d’archéologie de la ville de Saint-Denis, FR
  • University of Gothenburg, SE
  • University of Oxford, UK
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