For the love of ruins: the landscapes that made me

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2015
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Mitrovgenis, Nefeli
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This document is an investigation on of the History of Mycenae, the stories that formed the landscape, and the stories that the landscape has created. Identifying the uniqueness of the archaeological site of Mycenae and exploring possible integration on of near excavation on sites to the main archaeological site. The goal is to demonstrate how landscape architectural interventions could improve visitor experience at Mycenae. This leads to the development of a set of guidelines for future archaeological conservation on, restoration on and sustainable development for the site, as well as improving the experience of the site for visitors, through a proposed design for the integration on of the excavation site of “Petsas House” to the main archaeological site. To achieve this goal, in addition on to carrying out research specific to the Mycenae site, the study examines the comparable archaeological sites of Nemea and Knossos which are both located in Greece, and the Orongo Ceremonial Village, Easter Island, Chile. The archaeological site of Mycenae in the Peloponnese peninsula is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site (1999). According to UNESCO, it is “…One the of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of the Greek culture. It is linked to the Homeric epics of the Iliad and the Odyssey,which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.” (UNESCO, 2004) The method used for my research is mainly interpretive-historical. Qualitative research, in particular ethnography and interpretivism, are of key importance for the understanding of the archaeological sites and the significance of site conservation on and presentation. Case studies are reviewed in order to determine the effectiveness of past and present methods of conservation and site presentation. - An introduction to the concept and intentions. - A validation of the resource. - A critique of the way it is currently made accessible to the public. - An examination of other heritage sites and how their resources are protected and presented A review of how lessons from these examples could be applied in Mycenae. - A sustainable design for the conservation and presentation on of Mycenae.
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Archaeological sites, ancient landscapes, excavations, herritage, conservation
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