Travel, Tourism and Archaeology

(Spring semester) The course focuses on the relation between tourism and archaeology in modern Greece. It offers both an overview of the historical development of this relation, and an introduction to the contemporary cultural tourism industry as this is exemplified in Greece, with particular reference to archaeology. Greece offers an extraordinarily rich perspective on cultural tourism because, unlike many countries where this is a recent trend, archaeology and culture have been the principal interests of travelers to Greek lands since the 15th century AD. The course explores how archaeology, travel and tourism are linked and the specific characteristics these connections acquired in distinct historical periods: the period before the formation of the modern Greek state (15th – 19th c. AD), the period before World War II (19th – mid 20th c.), the period after World War II (1950s – 1980s) and the period from the 1990s to present. Emphasis is placed on the current trends characterizing the interplay of travel/tourism and archaeology, as this is expressed in the areas of economy, education, entertainment and heritage management. The cities of Athens and Nafplio are examined as case studies of urban tourism and class participants will experience first hand current developments in cultural tourism, heritage management and archaeology through on-site lectures and fieldwork.

Evangelia Sikla
Course Code: 
CHST 104