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    The power of making places: collaborative heritage and working with ARISC in Armenia

    Franklin, Kathryn and Babajanyan, A. (2018) The power of making places: collaborative heritage and working with ARISC in Armenia. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies 6 (3), pp. 205-216. ISSN 2166-3548.

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    This paper discusses the origins and ongoing research of the Vayots Dzor Silk Road Survey (VDSRS), a collaborative archaeological project that for the last 3 years has focused on the recording, research, and management of the medieval landscape in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. The VDSRS was created in a space opened by the commitment and suppor t of the Armenian Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), an O verseas R esearch C enter supporting research in and about Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. We discuss the ways in which the support structure of ARISC has shaped both the potential for and the nature of research in Armenia, with an emphasis on collaborative work and on stewardship of archaeological heritage. As we will explore, in the case of Vayots Dzor and the VDSRS the ‘soft power’ of institutional support has enabled a critical shif t in the demographics of who leads research, as well as an opening of possibilities for questions asked about the past and the accessibility of archaeological data.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Overseas Research Centers, Armenia, collaboration, medieval Silk Road, heritage
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Kate Franklin
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 14:39
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 00:03


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