|Documentation and Management of Heritage Sites in the Arab Region
18 November – 12 December 2006
Under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah
- ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
- ALECSO (Organisation arabe pour l’éducation, la culture et les sciences)
- DGAM General Directorate of Antiquities & Museums, Ministry of Culture, Syria
- DoA (Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities, Jordan)
Duration: 6 weeks (18 November - 12 December 2006)
Place: Umm Qais, Jordan and Bosra, Syria
Eighteen heritage professionals (archaeologists, architects, specialists in fine arts, conservators, art historians, and engineers) and four observers, from Algeria, Jordan, Kingdom of Bahrain, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Syria and Yemen.
The aim of the course was to enhance applied knowledge in conservation planning and management in the Arab region, provide basic understanding of how to make and manage documentation, and to inform decisions that ensure the protection of cultural heritage sites.
The course consisted of interactive, participatory sessions, both theoretical and practical. Study visits and applied work at Umm Qais and Bosra complemented work carried out in the classroom. The course included the following topics:
- concepts of documentation and information gathering, recording and heritage information management;
- activities of recording, documentation and information management;
- integrating documentation in the site management process;
- applying site management methods in Bosra - identification, assessment, and strategic orientations;
- the application of site management planning methods, including socio-cultural and institutional and legal frameworks in the region;
- management processes and the complex issues facing heritage sites in the Arab region today, ranging from the realities of heritage information
management, legislation and its implementation, to meeting the necessary needs of the inhabitants of the old city while preserving its historical fabric;
- outreach, communication and dissemination.
By the end of the course participants were able to:
- understand how to integrate documentation into heritage management and conservation processes;
- identify gaps in site documentation, work with stakeholders at a site, and use appropriate management tools that included gathering information and developing heritage records;
- assess the cultural messages and significance of a site and draft value-based site management plans, addressing site conservation, presentation, and research plans;
- use a methodology for management planning that can be adapted and used to develop site management plans in local or national contexts.
27 January, 2010