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date: 14 May 2021

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This article focuses on the sustainable care of archaeological places. It discusses the extent to which constructs of ‘sustainable development’ and ‘sustainability’ are appropriate to the management of archaeological sites. The article begins by revisiting the nature of archaeological sites as resources, and by describing how heritage consumption is intricately linked to heritage transforms. It then reviews some core areas which inform ideas of sustainability in the care of archaeological sites: the ideas of sustainability and sustainable development; heritage value theory and, alternatively, the reaffirmation of conservation philosophy to define intrinsic values of monuments; the idea of stewardship as an alternative to that of heritage; and, finally, the terms of sustainability which best connect with stewardship. Throughout, a ‘post-heritage’ point of departure is adopted, to reiterate the primacy of conservation philosophy as a precautionary response to the transformative and damaging effects of heritage consumption.

Keywords: sustainable development, archaeological places, management, heritage value, conservation, stewardship

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