Archaeology, shared heritage, and community at Akko, Israel

Ann E. Killebrew, Dana DePietro, Reema Pangarkar, Shelley Anne Peleg, Sandra Scham, Evan Taylor

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The international significance of Akko’s heritage is best illustrated by the inscription of two UNESCO World Heritage sites in this town of just over 55,000 people. This article describes three projects that focus on the concept of a shared heritage at a World Heritage site in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, diverse town situated in a region that continues to experience ongoing religious and ethnic conflict. The most recent, and still ongoing, effort to balance archaeology and community interests is the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project. While attempting to incorporate community building through archaeology and dialog, the Total Archaeology approach described here aims for a socially just and inclusive archaeology that will benefit local community stakeholders rather than disenfranchise them. It also emphasizes the need for local perspectives and experiences to play an active role in the interpretation of the past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-392
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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