Heritage values conceptualised as heritage routes. Visions and challenges towards public diversity
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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OriginalversjonEuropean Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies. 2016, 6 255-272.
This article critically examines the visions and challenges of ‘heritage routes’ and ‘cultural trans-boundary sites’ as a European and World Heritage concept. We will consider how this concept is defined, expressed, and represented in terms of its impact on public values. We will discuss the challenges connected to deciding what is to be included in and excluded from a transnational heritage inscription. We will describe three examples – the Silk Roads World Heritage Site, the European Route of Industrial Heritage, and the Santiago De Compostela Pilgrim Routes through Spain and Portugal – that highlight some challenging aspects of heritage routes when the concept is implemented in practice. The examples will serve as a background for discussing the relationship between global or international heritage strategies, and local uses and interpretation of heritage