UNESCO World Heritage „Prehistoric pile-dwellings around the Alps“: Chances and Challenges for Management and Research of Cultural Heritage Under Water

Hafner, Albert (2014). UNESCO World Heritage „Prehistoric pile-dwellings around the Alps“: Chances and Challenges for Management and Research of Cultural Heritage Under Water. In: The Changing Coastal and Maritime Culture. The 5th Baltic Sea Region Cultural Heritage Forum, Tallin 18.-20. September 2013 (pp. 36-40). Tallin: Cultural Heritage Forum Tallin

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Research in prehistoric sites of lakes and bogs around the Alps started more than 150 years ago. In 2004 Switzerland took the initiative to propose an international UNESCO world heritage nomination, which was successful in 2011. Six countries – Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland – joined forces to obtain the precious label for an invisible cultural heritage of outstanding universal value. Archaeological sites under water or in bogs are of special importance because objects made of organic material like wood, bark, plant fibres and others survive in this milieu for hundred or thousands of years. The alpine pile-dwelling sites offer a highly precise dating possibility by using dendrochronology. All in all these sites have a high scientific potential but run also risks of long term conservation. Beside the scientific chances there are risks to consider: public access is difficult and a major challenge. New ideas are demanded to keep alive public interest.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Hafner, Albert

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

ISBN:

978-9949-9594-0-2

Publisher:

Cultural Heritage Forum Tallin

Language:

English

Submitter:

Albert Hafner-Lafitte

Date Deposited:

03 Oct 2014 10:27

Last Modified:

04 May 2016 09:15

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.58972

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/58972

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