Development of a presentation framework for an archaeological site case study

Yurtsevenler, Özge
This study focuses on how archaeological sites can effectively be planned and operated as an integral part of preservation process. Moreover, the possible and effective presentation subjects are discussed for different target visitor groups. the ICOMOS Ename Charter for Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites, whic was initiated by the International Council of Monuments and Sites, offers professional principles for effectively interpreting and presenting cultural heritage sites. This study applies these principles as analysis and evaluation criteria of the case study. The Charter principles include 'access and understanding', soundness of 'information sources', attention to 'context and setting', preservation of 'authenticity', planning for 'sustainibility', concern for inclusiveness', and importance of 'research, evaluation and Training'. Considering the necessity of correlating these international principles with interpretation practices, thsi study analyzes and assesses interpretation and presentation at the archaeological site Nysa in Aydın. The site is composed of Roman Period architectural remains where the research and excavation studies partly continue. Firstly the existing situation of the architectural remains is analyzed to evaluate the research, excavation and conservation studies done in the site. Secondly the current presentation state is analyzed and evaluated to propose the optimal presentation framework for an archaeological site, in specific case of Nysa on the Meander. The presentation framework is developed in order to determine the principles of the implementations in the guidance of the ICOMOS Ename Charter. These implementations are defined as 'Itinerary', 'Focus Points', and 'visitor Center'. Every implementations has been developed in accordance with specific features designated for the site.
Citation Formats
Ö. Yurtsevenler, “Development of a presentation framework for an archaeological site case study,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2013.