Utilization of social networking services in conservation, case study Eskihisar, rural settlement including archeological assets

Kazıl Aydoğdu, Binnaz Eylem
Traditional built-up environment, traditional life and ecological tissue that have been created in time by human beings are ignored on behalf of archeological assets in archeological areas on the rural settlements. However, the coexistence of archeological, architectural, ecological and traditional invariants must be preserved; this coexistence is a product of life style coming from early periods onwards. A unique scientific conservation approach should be developed for this kind of settlements in order to sustain this rich “wholeness”. The requirement of preparing management plan for conservation area is an indisputable reality today. Participated management planning approach is embraced for the rural archeological sites on which assets produced by human being in time. Case study chosen for the dissertation is Eskihisar (Stratoniceia) which is settled since early times but abandoned today because of the various reasons. At the initial phase of management planning, namely, data collection and evaluation phase in this study; new methods were introduced like web-based participation. As a tool a social networking website (Facebook) used by ordinary people extensively was employed in the web based participation model introduced as a new technique. Gathered qualitative data in this way was analyzed together with quantitative data collected from site survey, historic and contemporary sources. Thus, it was examined whether there is usage of a simple communication tool in participatory planning studies or not, and what is pros and cons.