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Huge demand for new ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’ online course

Huge demand for new ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’ online course

More than 2,000 people applied for ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’ – a new online course developed by the BIAA-led Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) project – within five days of its launch on 14th March. 

Applications came from professionals and students in the fields of archaeology, museology, art history, cultural heritage, history, conservation, architecture and urban planning from across Turkey and beyond.

The 20-episode course – the first of its kind in Turkey – aims at building the capacity of participants by presenting theoretical and practical knowledge on safeguarding archaeological assets. It contains extensive information regarding the importance of protecting archaeological assets, national and international laws and regulations, the UNESCO World Heritage List and dealing with emergency measures and disaster situations at museums and archaeological sites. The programme includes a section on practical training such as emergency conservation, photography, documentation, and digital protection. Video-recorded interviews with experts in the field are presented within every episode.  The course is offered online, for free, and in Turkish.

Programme content was developed collaboratively by experts from the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), and the UK Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM UK).  It is being offered through Koç University’s online educational platform, which enables participants to follow classes remotely and at a time of their own choosing. Those who complete the programme successfully are entitled to a certificate from Koç University.

Delivery of the first two-month course will commence soon, followed by three more sessions between summer 2019 and winter 2020. Calls for applications for future courses will be announced on the project’s website.

The SARAT project is led by the BIAA and funded by the British Council's Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

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