Recommendations and guidelines for those Interested In Visiting Archaeological Sites

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An archaeological site should be considered a common resource, one that benefits everyone and, by extension, one for which everyone is responsible. Visiting an archaeological site can be a very rewarding and educating experience. A well-planned visit will increase your awareness of the site, the culture that built and occupied it, the local environment and community, and their practices and traditions.

The “DOs and DON’Ts” listed below are not a comprehensive listing of good practices at archaeological sites. Generally, it is important to keep in mind the three important principles listed below:

  1. Archaeological sites are fragile and non-renewable. Destruction of a site results in the loss of physical materials and all information that can be obtained from that site.
  2. Sites are part of a larger context that includes both the environment and local communities. Respect both.
  3. Removal of cultural materials is usually illegal and always unethical.

Site Awareness

  • Before you visit a site or a region try to get a basic understanding of the region’s cultural and material history. Many travel guides deal specifically with the archaeology of different regions and there are publications that incorporate both the archaeological and cultural aspects of a region into their narrative;
  • Ask questions about the physical demands of the tour before leaving
  • Ask your tour guide questions about how you should behave (if you have a doubt) and about the site’s guidelines
  • Follow all guidelines prescribed by the tour operators and the site managers. This includes keeping to marked paths and obeying all signage.

Minimize Impact

  • Never climb, sit, or stand on archaeological structures or remains
  • Never remove anything from an archaeological site. If you pick something up from the surface, return it to the same spot before you move on. It is best not to pick anything up. Also remember that removing objects from archaeological sites is illegal
  • Do not enter an area where archaeological excavations are taking place or where there are open archaeological excavations
  • Respect all signage and fences

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