Four archaeological sites featured at Paestum conference

21st Mediterranean Exchange of Archaeological Tourism

19 November, 12:45

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    NAPLES - The 21st edition of the Mediterranean Exchange of Archaeological Tourism in Paestum concluded on Sunday, following four days of intense meetings and reflections in which four major international archaeological sites were featured.
    The conference put the spotlight on Jerusalem and archaeological sites from the Bible's New and Old Testament; the Cambodian temple complex of Angkor Wat - at 200 acres, the world's largest archaeological site; Rome's Colosseum and Italian identity; and Troy with its mythological history. Jerusalem is an example of how to manage sacred sites, balancing the demands of conservation and research.
    The cultural identity differences between Cambodia and Italy became the inspiration for a possible partnership project in the coming months to be spearheaded by Azedine Beschaouch, the scientific secretary of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor; and Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park.
    International tourism operators at the conference were able to see the presentation of the the new museum on the Troy archaeological site in Turkey, which has a very modern design.
    The future of cultural heritage was also a focus of the conference, which included a plan for digitalisation launched by Italy and its Culture Ministry, MiBAC.
    "Digitalisation will be at the heart of the new and original three-year strategy plan for Italian cultural heritage in museums," said Annarita Orsini of MiBAC's General Directorate.
    "It's a true challenge to understand and respond to the question of where we're at in terms of digitalisation in the museums. A lot has been done, but cultural history is still unexpressed and undervalued, and in order to reassess it, sustainable governance is needed. The new plan, which we are working on at the General Directorate in close contact with the Agency for a Digital Italy and the national museums system, aims to put about 6,000 Italian museums online," Orsini said.
    In order to do so, Italy's National Research Council (CNR) will collaborate to ensure each museum has a website, with clear policies, rules, and standard platform practices, as well as a data-analytics approach and innovative solutions to find visitors and use the online experience to encourage them to visit the physical museums.

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