2015 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  (B)個人研究助成  (B) Individual Research Grants
(Grant Number)
(Project Title)
Collaborative Archaeological Site Management: Exploring a new value of cultural heritage through a collaboration with local communities in Sudan
伏屋 智美
Tomomi Fushiya
Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


This project aims to seek for a model of a collaborative cultural heritage education and archaeological site management through re-assessing the value and roles of archaeological sites within the local community in Sudan. Sudan preserves its diverse cultural heritage which is a result of cultural mixtures over thousands of years. Archaeological sites and cultural landscape are at risk in rapidly developing Sudan, however. It is a pressing need to establish a site management method in Sudan and call for cooperation to the public to save their rich cultural heritage. This project will be conducted with local communities in the vicinity of an archaeological site, Amara West, in the northern Sudan. A recent study by the applicant found a cultural and historical relationship between the ancient site and the modern local communities. Responding to the current situation in Sudan and the findings, this project aims to establish a sustainable heritage education programme including a children's booklet to pass-on local and archaeological knowledge of the site. In order to incorporate the local knowledge and ensure sustainably of the education programme in the communities, a collaboration between the local communities and archaeologists will be at the core of the project. It is expected to re-define the value of the archaeological site as a part of local heritage through the collaborative work. Placing this new value in the center, a model for archaeological site management method in Sudan will be explored. The outcomes and experience of this project will be shared among local, Sudanese and international communities to promote heritage education and to introduce a collaborative site management programme in relation to local cultural heritage as archaeologists’ contribution to the Sudanese society and for the future of archaeological sites in Sudan.

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