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Archaeology for the people in the framework of the European "Strategy 21" - case study “Iron-Age-Danube” Project
Archaeologists try to gather information about early social and economic forms of organization as well as artistic, symbolic and spiritual manifestations. Researches contribute crucially to our understanding of the roots of the civilizations of the modern world. In many ways, archeology is increasingly leaving the "ivory tower of science". This is e.g. illustrated by the development of strategies which address the importance of cultural heritage beyond its historical-scientific significance. In April 2017, the Council of Europe launched the "European Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century" ("Strategy 21"). It redefines the position and importance of cultural heritage in Europe and provides guidelines on the fostering and management of cultural heritage in the form of recommendations and challenges. These address three fundamental components: a social (S), an economic (D) and a knowledge component (K). As part of the Interreg DTP project "Iron-Age-Danube", archaeologists from five countries have devoted their work on the research of the precious archaeological heritage of the Danube region and developed with respect to the “Strategy 21” new strategies for its protection and sustainable tourist use. The activities and results of the project can be seen as “best practice” example of interaction between scientists and general public, the people.