What’s it all about?
Over the last few years, thousands of jobs have been lost in the archaeological sector. Preventive archaeology, the main occupation of the almost 30,000 professionals that there were in Europe, is now being seriously questioned as an economic and social model of activity.
The crisis in the construction industry, which was the main source of work in the field of preventive archaeology, has led to a large number of workers and business owners being expelled from the market. At the same time, the conditions of those that remain are even more precarious than before.
Development led Archaeology (i.e. the professional practice arisen from The Valletta Convention) is now under discussion as the hegemonic way of profiling the profession throughout Europe.
Although the situation is now changing, the distance between experts and the general public remains, thus impeding a truly efficient form of heritage management.
NEARCHing Factory: Creating New Scenarios for Archaeology deals with these, and other, problems of archaeology and heritage in general.
What is NEARCHing Factory for?
Given this grave situation for archaeologists, and taking into account that archaeology as a discipline has been in a state of permanent crisis as a consequence of its necessary adaptation to changing conditions of Modernity, the purpose of NEARCHing Factory is to re-think the practice of archaeological activity (i.e. archaeological as a way of life and of making a living) to build, in collaboration with others, a process for the creation of new scenarios that can help to sustain the activity.
To regenerate the conditions for the professional practice of archaeology.
To incorporate new types of activity into archaeology.
To align the archaeological profession with social demands regarding Heritage use.
To anticipate what should be changed in order to make all of the above possible (public policies, education, training etc.).
What is a Factory?
This is not an academic meeting; rather, it is clearly political in nature.
NEARCHing is a factory, a workspace where ideas can be transformed into something more specific by means of collective effort.
NEARCHing Factory seeks the real involvement of heritage professionals and of all the social agents concerned. Archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, artists, economists, sociologists, craftspeople, curators, planners, associations or groups that are looking for and defending collective heritage are all welcome!
NEARCHing Factory don’t merely seek to debate theoretical positions, but to propose practical, sustainable, multivocal and participatory solutions which can be incorporated into public policies.