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Investigation, Preservation, and…

Investigation, Preservation, and Management of Archaeological Sites

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Location: ACCU Nara Office (Nara Pref. Nara General Office, 757 Horen-cho, Nara, Japan) and related research institutions


Group Training Course for Young Professionals on Cultural Heritage Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region 2020


Investigation, Preservation, and Management of Archaeological Sites

1. Organisers

This course is jointly organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (Bunkacho); Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU); International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM); and National Research Institute for Cultural Properties [Tokyo and Nara], in cooperation with Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (JCIC-Heritage); under Japanese National Commission for UNESCO; Nara Prefectural Government; and Nara City Government.

2. Background

In the Asia and Pacific region there are various forms of cultural heritage which are of great value from a global point of view. In order to safeguard this important cultural heritage for future generations, it is necessary to train heritage professionals for proper investigation, analysis, and preservation. ACCU Nara, in partnership with ICCROM and Bunkacho has been organising training courses since 2000 on specific themes with a view to building the capacity of professionals involved with cultural heritage protection in the region. The curriculum of the 21st group training course is designed for young professionals and comprises comprehensive basic knowledge and techniques in the fields of investigation, preservation and management of archaeological sites.

3. Dates and Venue

Dates: 2 September (Wed) – 1 October (Thu) 2020
Venue: ACCU Nara Office (Nara Pref. Nara General Office, 757 Horen-cho, Nara, Japan) and related research institutions, etc.

The training may change to ‘online (remote) course’, according to the COVID-19 situation in September.

Investigation, Preservation, and Management of Archaeological Sites

4. Objectives

The objectives of the training course are to provide participants with:

  • knowledge of the principles and methodologies for cultural heritage protection;
  • knowledge of skills-based techniques for the documentation and analysis of archaeological sites;
  • knowledge of skills-based techniques for the preservation and management of archaeological sites;
  • opportunities to share their knowledge of heritage protection based on their professional experiences in the field and to build heritage protection networks in the region.   

5. Training Curriculum

The course curriculum is designed so that participants are able to learn an overview of the process and methodologies of investigation, preservation, and management of archaeological sites in Japan as well as global trends and international principles regarding heritage protection. The course is divided into six interconnected units including classroom lectures, work sessions, on-site studies, and presentations and discussions. (Please refer to the tentative course schedule.) Please note that the curriculum may change, subject to the COVID-19 situation.

Investigation, Preservation, and Management of Archaeological Sites


  • Current Issues and Global Perspective on Preservation of Archaeological Sites
  • Protection Systems for Cultural Heritage in Japan
  • Excavation Research of Archaeological Sites
  • Documentation of Archaeological Artefacts 
  • Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Artefacts
  • Management of Archaeological Sites (Global perspective, The case of Japan)



  • Global trends in the preservation of archaeological sites
  • Cultural heritage protection system in Japan
  • Introduction to conservation science
  • Excavation research methodology of archaeological sites

 Work Sessions

  • Recording/documentation of archaeological artefacts (measured drawing, photography)
  • Conservation science for archaeological artefacts

 On-site Studies

  • Museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Preservation, management, and utilisation of archaeological sites
  • Community engagement for cultural heritage protection

 Presentations and Discussions

  • Case-study report presentations on current issues and challenges regarding preservation of archaeological sites in each country
  • Final presentation based on the outcomes of the training programme
  • Summary and evaluation of the training programme

6. Working Language

  • English

7. Eligible Participants

The training course is offered to heritage practitioners from the following 42 signatory countries to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the Asia-Pacific region, who are recommended by the National Commissions for UNESCO (NATCOM)*. The maximum number of participants is 15 (one participant per nation, in principle).

*NATCOM are national cooperative bodies operating for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies in education, sciences, culture and communication with the work of the organisation. They are set up by their respective governments in accordance with Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution.

Participants also should be:

  • young heritage professionals who are expected to have 5-7 years of experience in the field of preservation and management work of archaeological sites, to be currently involved in the preservation practice at archaeological sites, and to be able to make effective use of the outcome of the training after returning to their respective countries;
  • those who have a good command of English as each participant will be asked to deliver presentations and write reports in English;
  • those who are in good enough health to attend the entire training programme;
  • those who are able to submit all required documents mentioned in item 8;
  • those who will continue to interact and exchange information with ACCU after returning to their home countries;
  • those who have not participated in the ACCU group training course under the theme of ‘archaeology’.

8. Application Requirements

  • Application form (Form 1) (Guideline)
    Please attach a copy of the passport, if the applicant has a valid passport at the time of application.
    This is not necessary if s/he has not yet obtained a passport.
  • Letter of recommendation from the institution of the applicant (Form 2)
  • Short paper [2 pages] (Form 3It will weigh heavily in the selection of participants.
    This paper should be written by the applicant and describe:
    • reasons for applying;
    • a brief summary of the applicant’s work related to the preservation of archaeological sites;
    • future plans to utilise and develop the learning outcome in the applicant’s country.
  • Endorsement by UNESCO National Commission (NATCOM)
    As NATCOM in the respect countries will receive the course announcement and request to disseminate the information to relevant organisations from the organiser, please contact them directly for any inquiries. 
    For 2020, we will also recieve the applicants without endorsement by NATCOM. 
  • Certificate of English proficiency
    This can serve as a reference for the screening. There is no need to attach this if applicants do not have one at present.

Application Deadline: 1 July 2020 (Wed)

Only complete applications with all necessary documents are eligible for consideration. Letters of recommendation from the institution and NATCOM should be physically signed and stamped and uploaded as a scanned copy. It will be appreciated if the application sheet be sent in both Word and PDF formats.
The organiser will reply to the applicant who sends the documents above directly to us. In case s/he does not receive confirmation of receipt within a week, please contact us immediately.

9. Notification of Screening Results

After consideration in consultation with the co-organisers, the organiser will select 15 people from among all applicants. We will inform successful candidates and each National Commission for UNESCO of the result in July.

Final selection will be made through a telephone interview. The dates for the interview will be informed later.

10. Certificate

A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily attend all course activities and make a final presentation.

11. Course Costs

The organiser will cover the expenses incurred for the training course as follows:

  • Round-trip travel cost
    • The flight tickets between the nearest international airport to the participant’s residence and Kansai International Airport will be arranged and provided by the organiser (except for participants from the countries noted below).
    • Those from Australia, Brunei, China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Singapore are expected to cover their round-trip travel costs and arrange the tickets to and from Kansai International Airport.
    • The organiser will arrange the transportation between the airport and Nara city for all participants.
  • Daily allowance
    All of the participants shall, in principle, be provided the basic living expenses incurred during the   training course according to ACCU Nara’s regulations.
  • Accommodation
    A room for single occupancy at a hotel in Nara city will be provided during the course for all participants. In case the accommodation on the way to and/or from Japan for any unavoidable reason (such as visa application or limited flight connections) is needed, the organiser will make an arrangement and cover the expense.

Participants shall be responsible for visa application fees and domestic travel expenses.

12. Secretariat

Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office,
Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU Nara)
Nara Pref. Nara General Office,
757 Horen-cho, Nara 630-8113 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)742-20-5001  Fax: +81-(0)742-20-5701