On 29th November 2013 within the Latvian-Estonian-Russian cross-border project “Archaeology, authority & community: cooperation to protect archaeological heritage” the Project Manager from the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia Guntis Gerhards and the State and Project Coordinator Antonija Vilcāne had a meeting with members of Alūksne County Council as well as parish managers from the county and a number of county professionals (land surveyors, regional development and planning professionals, etc.). The meeting was also attended by county council chairman A.Dukulis and deputy chairman Dz.Adlers. Overall, the event brought together 24 municipal employees form Alūksne.
The aim of the meeting was to inform the leaders and staff of Alūksne municipality about the results achieved within the project managed by the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia in bringing together material on the archaeological heritage in archives and museums, and in the survey of monuments in the field. The theme was “The archaeological heritage of Alūksne County – problems of preservation and potential utilisation”. Guntis Gerhards briefly introduced the project aims, tasks and deliverables. Antonija Vilcāne discussed the results of the archaeological monuments survey undertaken in the county in summer, focusing on issues relating to the preservation of the county’s archaeological heritage and the use of the archaeological heritage for developing the county’s economic potential and diversification of social life. It was emphasized that local councillors and professionals should be aware of the necessity to develop a sense of public responsibility for the archaeological heritage of the county, because the archaeological heritage also contributes to the identity of the county.
Text and photos by A.Vilcāne, State and Project Coordinator