The Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation held the First Annual International ECHO Conference on:
Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management
At the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Education and Culture Bureau located at:
4 Chesterfield Gardens, Mayfair, London W1Y 8BR, UK.
20th-21st March 2004
|Abstracts | Proceedings|
The ECHO Conference is a forum for scholars and other professional people from all over the world to present their views on Egyptian cultural heritage. The central theme of the conference is protecting Egypt's cultural heritage. This theme can take various forms including: surveying sites, excavation methodology, site management, ownership issues, protecting heritage, conservation, Sites and Monuments Records (National Register), interpreting heritage, national and international heritage legislation, means to prohibit looting, to experiencing and presenting cultural heritage.
The reason for the diverse array of topics representing one theme reflects the myriad of means of protecting Egypt's heritage. The recent regulations published by the SCA are aimed at promoting the protection of Egyptian sites that are most at risk, and conserving the better known sites:
- For the next ten years, new excavation concessions will not be granted from Giza to Abu-Simbel. Concessions will only be granted in this area for restoration, preservation, archaeological survey, documentation and epigraphical work.
- For the next ten years, new excavation concessions will be granted only for the Western Desert, Eastern Desert and the Delta.
There are a vast range of different types of sites found within Egypt's borders, a large amount of stakeholders with varying needs and interests in Egypt's heritage and different preservation requirements and emphasis in the heterogeneous regions of Egypt. These factors combined with the multitude of threats posed by the modern world, both legal and illicit, have given rise to the inauguration of the ECHO Conference.
The proceedings of the conference, to be published by ECHO Publications, will reflect not only the nature of the conference, but the wide array of means of protecting it and also the pressing need for immediate action. For those with an interest or views on preserving Egyptian cultural heritage for future generations, this is a prime forum to air those views.
In the future, further ECHO Conferences will be held in Egypt, the U.S.A. and mainland Europe. The themes of these conferences will reflect the changing needs of Egypt's heritage and diverse stakeholders.