Chapter 5: Exploring archaeologys place in participatory European cultural landscape management: perspectives from the REFIT project
Open access

Across Europe, landscapes are recognised as an exceptional frame and ‘common good’ through which societal values are defined and embedded. As the integrated nature of cultural landscapes is increasingly recognised, involving diverse stakeholders in participatory management is essential to ensuring their sustainability. Focusing on a project funded by the Joint Programme Initiative on Cultural Heritage (‘REFIT’), this paper explores the place of a set of common European heritage assets (Iron Age oppida) in landscape management across three different European countries (Spain, France and England). We examine how stakeholders perceive these landscapes, and the engagement of stakeholders in landscape management. This is followed by a discussion of how the REFIT project explored ways that archaeology might act as a driver for enhancing participatory landscape management. Some of the lessons of these approaches are then discussed within the context of the challenges for Europe in developing participatory engagement in landscape management. We suggest that archaeology has significant potential to engage stakeholders in broader reflection on landscape sustainability.

Monograph Book