T-PAS is the first project Fondazione Aquileia has joined as the Leading Partner. Thanks to a study conducted by an international team of archaeologists, the project helped learn more about the Roman road that used to connect the Italian peninsula to the Black Sea through today’s Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. The archaeological sites involved were Aquileia, Ljubljana (ancient Emona) and Kostolac (ancient Viminacium).

The project was developed at several steps. At a first stage, the partners agreed on a common method to study the state of the art of their respective sites. In particular, the citizens of Aquileia were invited to join in a participatory path based on the model Agenda 21 Culture and suggest ideas for future development. At a later step, a socio-economic analysis was developed to understand the offer and demand, so as to improve the attractiveness of the three sites.

Constant exchange and debates among the partners generated the mutual knowledge of different practices used to manage and enhance the archaeological heritage, with the final publishing of the book “Aquileia – Emona – Viminacium”.

Another step consisted in involving school institutions in a photography competition, where students were invited to take pictures of their reference archaeological sites. The winning pictures were selected by a cross-country jury and awarded during the final project conference in Ljubljana. Also, an itinerant exhibition was organized in Aquileia, Viminacium and Ljubljana, aimed at spreading the knowledge of the three archaeological sites and promoting cultural tourism. Three study visits to each archaeological site were organized for archaeologists, journalists, experts of cultural communication and the staff of the organizations managing the archaeological sites.

Three conferences were also staged to focus on the management of archaeological parks, with the contribution of international experts in the sector.

Fondazione Aquileia (leading partner), Ljubljana City Museum (Slovenia) and National Archaeology Institute (Serbia)

June 2011 – August 2013

CULTURA 2007-2013 Programme - sector 1.2.1 - cooperation projects