Archaeological tourism

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– Activities:
– Archaeological tourism includes visits to sites, museums, interpretation centers, historical reenactments, and rediscovery of indigenous products or festivals.

– Impact:
– Promotes cultural heritage and sites without causing damage.
– Concerns raised by archaeologists about influencing perceptions of the past.
– Balancing public access with site preservation is crucial.
– Damage can result from poorly planned tourism development.

– Notable sites:
– The Ministry of Heritage and Culture in Oman sponsored a project in Imti village.
– The project aimed to boost tourism through artistic interventions like wall-paintings.

– References:
– Messai reported on the collapse of Pompeii’s House of the Gladiators.
– Uzi Baram discussed the intersection of tourism and archaeology.
– Mason’s work focused on tourism impacts and management.

– External links sites:
– ArqueotuR is an institutional network promoting archaeological tourism and local development, led by the University of Barcelona.

Archaeotourism or Archaeological tourism is a form of cultural tourism, which aims to promote public interest in archaeology and the conservation of historical sites.

Ruins of an ancient Roman bathhouse in Beirut Central District (Lebanon)
Visitors inside Bekal Fort in Kerala, protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. The gardens inside the fort are made mainly for tourism.
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