Bringing urban archaeology to life-enhancing urban archaeological remains-archeological parks in urban areas

  • Project idea information


    Environment and culture responsible Danube region - Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    City Municipality Ptuj

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    Most in-situ conservation and presentation of archaeological sites focuses more on the monuments and other artefacts themselves than on them and the landscapes of which they are a part (urban areas). The concept of an archaeological park can overcome this limitation.
    DANUBE cultural heritage is rich and diverse,but under pressure due to lack of capacity (common policies,know-how,resources).The project will improve and intensify cooperation of interdisciplinary stakeholders in Danube region in order to preserve, support and valorize cultural heritage through archeological parks in the FUAs as product. Project paves way for preparation of concrete investments and support implementation of new initiatives in tourism. Arheological parks are a tool through which the local communities can manage, control and protect their heritage resources.

    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    Main objective is to improve effectiveness of heritage sites management with focus on archeological parks as innovative tool for the preservation and sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources with synergies for development of tourism.

    -Strengthening transnational cooperation among relevant actors
    -Fostering the synergies between culture and tourism
    -Consensus building of public and private sector.

    Main results and core outputs

    The results of this project will provide a understanding of archaeological parks as an interrelated concept between archaeological heritage and urban areas. Moreover, it will set the criteria in defining archaeological parks. Finally, it will examine the integration of selected archaeological sites to cities contemporary urban form.

    Main foreseen activities

    - A methods for integrating archaeological sites in towns (FUA,s)
    -Training and capacity building helping stakeholders to valorize historical heritage within archaeological parks;
    -Implementation of pilot projects on the local level to demonstrate the transnational developed methods.
    -Strategies of presentation of the past / archaeological heritage, archaeological parks vs. “traditional” museum.
    -Methods of presentation: Reconstructions (partially or in real), digital 3D-reconstruction, problems with preservation of original substance, problems with conservation
    -Action plan for promoting and increasing visibility of the parks and the cities along the DANUBE as a transnational tourism product

    Innovative character of the project idea

    The purpose of this is to examine the role of archaeological parks in conserving the archaeological heritage and by defining the criteria for the planning and design process of these parks in to urban areas, to evaluate the spatial integration potentials of the FUAs.

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    1.500.000 – 2.000.000 €

    Estimated duration
    (in months)


  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners


    IPA Partners


    Associated Strategic Partners


  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    -Knowledge providers ( arheologogy institues, reserch centre, urban institutes,..)
    -Cities or citys museums
    from Austria, Slovakia, Bolgary, Croatia, Romania,...

    IPA Partners

    -Cities with city museums
    from Serbia, Bosnia

    Associated Strategic Partners


  • Contact Person




    Slovenski trg 6, 2250 Ptuj



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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)