SARAT stands for “Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey”. The project’s goal is to increase knowledge, capacity, and awareness about protecting Turkey’s archaeological assets.
The project is managed by the BIAA in partnership with Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and ICOM UK and is also supported by the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council and UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
The project was conceived as a response to the idea that archaeological heritage is suffering; from natural disasters, from treasure-hunters and looters, from the spread of cities and farming, and sometimes just from lack of public interest.
Protecting this heritage against both natural and human threats requires more than the efforts of experts and institutions: it’s only possible through increasing public awareness of the problem and changing public attitudes across-the-board.
SARAT makes a comprehensive effort to connect with audiences ranging from academic professionals to local residents, and from media organisations to collectors, in order to both raise public awareness about archaeological assets in Turkey and to build capacity among archaeology-concerned professional groups.
SARAT’s initial three-year programme comprises a variety of interrelated and mutually-supporting projects in different areas. These are:
- The development of a certified online educational resource on ‘Safeguarding and Rescue of Archaeological Assets’;
- A nationwide survey examining the relationship between the public and archaeology in Turkey;
- Improved resources for journalists reporting on archaeology in Turkey including the creation of an ‘Ask an Expert’ system;
- Meetings with antiquities collectors;
- Fieldwork activities.
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