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Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In recent years the field of archeology has undergone comprehensive changes in the way it defines its goals, increasingly in relation to its impact on society and to its ability to fit into the market supply of cultural services. Thus, one of the main challenges currently facing the management and conservation of archaeological heritage is the design and implementation of specific training aimed at defining new professional profiles that have to be formulated in relation to the actual needs of the sector (heritage management, educational and cultural services, digital technologies for the conservation and dissemination, etc.). Therefore, the aim of this project is to propose and establish some first lines of this professional training in so called public archaeology, which has to complement traditional academic higher education in the field of archeology and cultural heritage. This pilot training model will be based on the exchange of ideas and experiences with professionals, academics and students of European countries with different traditions and practices related to cultural heritage. The ultimate goal of the project is the development of evaluable educational methods that allow to strengthen the relationship between higher education and cultural and educational organizations and companies working in the framework of public archaeology and cultural heritage in order to increase their sustainability and competitiveness, both referred to the emerging professional themselves and to the organizations and companies as a way of adding value to their human capital. Specifically, the project aims to design and exchange experiences of theoretical and practical training for graduate and postgraduate students in the field of public archeology, as well as to produce an integral curriculum, teaching materials and methodological guidelines that will provide guidance for its gradual implementation into European higher education curricula. The project will be structured by the organization of four short courses with the participation of students of the partner universities over two years, combined with local and international meetings of academics and stakeholders aimed to design contents, methodologies and assessment models for the incorporation of public archaeology in European academic training schemes Further, the project intends to improve the skills of graduate and postgraduate archaeology students related to two main aspects by means of the organization of short courses in each of the partner universities. On the one hand, students will receive an international research perspective that allows comparing the latest research of archaeology and its impact on society in the different countries. Moreover, students will improve their skills in the practice of social commitment that benefit individuals and society in general in cost-effective ways based on the results of recent academic research.
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