Najad Survey (map elaborated by Marco Valeri)

The survey aimed at understanding and recording  “local” voices, meaning the perceptions of the local communities around archeological sites. Are archeological sites considered and valued as part of the tangible local cultural heritage? Are they part of the local narrative of community’s past and present history? Which space do the archeological sites occupy in the cognitive maps of local communities, are they placed inside or outside the community boarders?

The first step involved the mapping of seven concentrations of unexplored archaeological sites, by means of aerial photographs. Following this, a survey was conducted by combining immersive observation, semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The target groups included different families living near archaeological sites, SBAH operators, archaeological police and community leaders.

See the outcomes of this survey in the “Results” section.