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Posted by : National Hellenic Museum
Date posted : Jan 01, 1970
David Gilman Romano is the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Arizona. He has been involved in archaeological work in Greece for 35 years and is a specialist in the Ancient Olympic Games, Greek and Roman cities and sanctuaries, ancient surveying, and modern cartographic and survey techniques to reveal and study ancient sites. He has directed the Corinth Computer Project since 1988, and he is the Director of the Archaeological Mapping Lab in the School of Anthropology. The creation of Greece's first heritage Park is currently underway in the west central Peloponnesos. An area of ca. 550 km² is being identified with the Parrhasian Heritage Park. Initiated by the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, the idea of the park is to unify and protect an area of incredible beauty, including mountain landscapes, rivers, villages, flora, fauna and geology. Within the area of the Park are nine ancient sanctuaries and 4 ancient cities with a rich archaeological heritage. A network of rails are being created to link the villages with the ancient sanctuaries throughout the park. Land ownership will remain in local control and development will depend on the decisions and interests of the community. This 'living park approach' encourages natural, cultural and scenic resources to be managed for the long term vitality by the people who can directly incorporate these resources into their livelihoods and traditions.