Ancient stones for building bridges across closed borders

Paludan-Müller, Carsten (2018) Ancient stones for building bridges across closed borders. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

During recent years, there has been a positive development in how the Armenians and the Turks are dealing with an important part of their common past. This has happened in spite of a closed border, absence of official relations, and inability to agree upon a common understanding of the disasters of the early 20th century. Eastern Anatolia is still full of remains from the Armenian communities that were scattered over much of the territory of the Ottoman Empire until its break down during the First World War. Among them are some very important buildings reflecting the rich ecclesiastic and monastic architecture which constitutes the unique and seminal contribution of Armenian medieval architecture to world heritage. It is an architecture that also thrived through impulses from other cultures – an example of give and take, which is important to help better understand that even seemingly opposed identities may after all be related. This heritage holds an important potential for local communities to develop income from cultural tourism. Today the Armenian heritage is no longer threatened by conflict but first of all by forces of nature and shortage of funding. Turkish and Armenian experts, supported by actors from the international community are working together in a common effort to find solutions for safeguarding the most important monuments as a resource for building a better future of reconciliation based on mutual understanding, shared interests and socio-economic development.

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Paludan-Müller, CarstenUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: reconciliation; conflicts; cultural identity; disasters; armenian communities; medieval architecture; cultural heritage; Turkey; socio-economic development; wars; archaeological remains; management of cultural heritage; transnational projects; religious architecture; local communities; financial aspects; fund raising
Subjects: B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 05. Dissemination
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 07. Management plan
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Archaeological Site of Ani
UNESCO WHC Number: 1518
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 13:05
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 14:44
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1987

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