Meet the Advisor – Peter Gould

Meet the Advisor – Peter Gould

Not an ordinary archaeologist indeed! Peter Gould was trained as an economist, and he has been CEO and Board Chairman of investment banks and several manufacturing and service businesses, before falling in love with heritage issues. He has been first Board Chaiman of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia (where he lives) and then of the Mann Center for the Perfoming Arts. His encounter with archaeology came much later, and you will read the story in the interview. Back to school, he got a PhD in Archaeology at University College London and he is now Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and The American University in Rome. He is convinced that archaeology can play an important role in the sustainable development of communities, provided that it accepts to coexist with the unavoidable needs for infrastructures, commerce and industries. Having analyzed the relationship between archaeology and local communities in Peru, Belize, Ireland and Italy, he claims that there is a way. It...
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Meet the Advisor – Richard Hodges

Meet the Advisor – Richard Hodges

When a 16 year-old Richard Hodges founded the Box Archaeological and Natural History Society (Wiltshire, UK) in 1969, he professed for the first time what would have become a lifelong commitment to the development of a public dimension of archeology. First, with the excavation in San Vincenzo al Volturno (Molise) in the ‘80s and later as scientific director of the Butrint Foundation (1993-2012), his goal has always been to conjugate first-class archaeological research with innovative management solutions. This approach is rooted in the belief that archaeology (and history!) is a powerful place-maker that lends identity to communities and contributes to its welfare, attracting support and investment. And the results of the Butrint project proved him right.  When the new excavations of the ancient Butrinto where launched in the early ‘90s, Albania was in a critical situation as it was transitioning from a socialist regime to a democracy. The local economy of the Vrina plain around the site wasn’t really flourishing but...
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