Archaeology for the public in Greece minus/plus ten

Stelios Lekakis


It must have been around ten years ago, when I was invited to present my -shaky then but promising- progress of PhD thesis at the University of Athens, on social and economic trends in heritage management, discussing island cultural resources and the role of the interested communities. I remember myself at the end of my talk, standing in front of a bewildered and intrigued (in equal doses) audience, only to experience the -somehow- apologetic comment of the organising professor to the audience: “I see that we need to look into these things now, that all became science”. I have talked about this memory elsewhere in detail (Lekakis 2015) mainly to pinpoint that even though 40 years of concrete bibliography have then lapsed -McGimsey, for example, produced his seminal volume in 1972- there was still a lack of information about the concept and practices of public archaeology, at least in the Greek academic context.

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Catapoti, D., Andriopoulou, D., Nikolaou, P., 2020. What Makes a Cultural Heritage Expert?: Bridging the Gap between High¬er Education and Professional Practice in Greece. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies 8, 2: 123-140.

Lekakis, S. 2015. Η αρχαιολογία στην Ελλάδα του σήμερα. Άνθρωποι και μνημεία σε κρίση. Available at: Last access: 02.02.21.

Lekakis, S., 2020a. Η διαχείριση της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς στην Ελλάδα. In Lekakis & Pantzou (eds.), Εισαγωγή στη διαχείριση της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς. Μια κριτική επισκόπηση του πεδίου στην Ελλάδα. Athens, Ασίνη: 64-102

Lekakis, S., 2020b. A Political Economy of Heritage and the Commons: A First Sketch Focusing on Greece. In: Lekakis, S (ed.), Cultural heritage in the realm of the commons. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI:

McGimsey, C. R., 1972. Public Archaeology. London: Seminar Press

UNESCO 2007. Fribourg declaration on cultural rights. Available at: Last access: 02.02.21.



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