The Sagalassos team intends to fulfill its responsibility for the creation of a management plan for the long-term preservation of the site.
The methodology of the process entails following steps:
- define the area and the scope of the plan,
- define the objectives
- identify the stakeholders and decision makers
2. data on the current state:
- condition of the site today
- vision of the stakeholders (awareness, values attributed to the site)
- intentions for and/or affecting the site
- current and potential benefits from the site
3. evaluation of the data
- significance of the site
- risks and threats
- potential and opportunities
4. defining the objective
5. defining the policy
6. action plan
- define tasks/projects and their schedule
- appoint tasks/projects to relevant parties
- create and/or allocate funding
- schedule revision of the plan
During the 2008 and 2009 campaigns, the first steps (1,2) of the process was tackled. Main stakeholders/key players were contacted and brought together to understand their expectations, plans and the values they attribute to the site. Main and urgent problems to be tackled were defined and principles in devising solutions were agreed upon.
In 2009 together with the Museum of Burdur a ‘Community Archaeology’ programme was initiated with the aim of establishing a better public outreach and different means of dissemination of information to the local people. Interviews to understand their viewpoints, the values they want to preserve or benefit from were conducted. In 2010, this project will continue. Guided trips to the site and to its environs for the people of Aƒülasun will be organized. The community archaeology team will help with the running of the new local NGO that is being established currently in Aƒülasun for its promotion for the appropriate type of tourism.
Sagalassos Project also collaborates with the local Vocational high School. A local development project prepared together had been given a Development Marketplace award and a World Bank grant. The SAGALASUN project aims to ensure the involvement of the local people to the preservation of the site in the long run. The project targets the local youth and aims at creating awareness about the local natural and cultural resources at hand and their long-term sustainable use. Within this project, in collaboration with the Municipality of Aƒülasun, a visitors centre was opened in the town of Aƒülasun.
Exhibitions will be held in this small building throughout the excavation season, convincing tourists to spend time in Aƒülasun to provide some income to the town.
All of the above mentioned research and activities will form the basis for a management plan to be prepared for the site of Sagalassos and its wider environment.
For more, see www.sagalassos.be/en/webreports/2010.