One-off course running in May – Archaeological Heritage Management: Global and Local Perspectives

In this one-off course, for University of Helsinki students enrolled in the KUMA programme, for exchange students and for students through the Open University, students will become familiarized with some of the key issues that archaeological heritage management management practitioners have to consider in their everyday work. The course code-shares with Cultural Heritage Studies and Archaeology, through the codes KUMA-KP505 and KUMA-AR311. Many of the course’s lectures and seminars will be led by Dr George Smith who will be visiting the University of Helsinki from the USA through the Fulbright Specialist Program.

George Smith

The learning goals are as follow:

– To assess critically the multiple considerations and needs that affect decisions about archaeological and cultural heritage management

– To become familiar with international case studies and perspectives, and their impact on the development of archaeological heritage management as an applied discipline

– To develop the tools needed to create an effective means of evaluating heritage impact.

Dr. George S. Smith, Florida State University, is an archaeologist specializing in public archaeology and cultural heritage management. He was Associate Director at the Southeast Archeological Center, worked for the Archeological Assistance Division of the National Park Service, was a Research Associate in Archaeology and Curator of Archaeology (Acting) at the University of Alaska Museum, and was an archaeologist with the Cooperative Park Studies Unit, Anthropology and Historic Preservation at the University of Alaska.

He has worked with universities in the United States, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and China with respect to archaeology and heritage. AMong many workshops and training that he has organized or been involved with, he worked with a consortium through Indiana University to provide cultural heritage management training in Kyrgyzstan. He was a member of US/ICOMOS serving as an expert member on the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management and was an associate scholar with the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, Policy, and Ethics project at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He was co-editor for the Cultural Heritage Management section of the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. 


Yu, Pei-Lin, Chen Shen and George S. Smith (eds). 2018 Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society. Routledge, New York.

Messenger, Phyllis Mauch and George S. Smith (eds.) 2010 Cultural Heritage Management: A Global Perspective.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Smith, George S., Phyllis Mauch. Messenger, and Hilary A. Soderland (eds.) 2010  Heritage Values in Contemporary Society. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California.

Bender, Susan J. and George S. Smith (eds.) 2000 Teaching Archaeology in the 21st Century.  Special Report, Society for American Archaeology. Washington DC.

Smith, George S. and John E. Ehrenhard (eds.) 1991 Protecting the Past.  CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

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