First Conference Archaeology and Tourism - Switzerland
Castle of Thun - 8.-10. November 2012

For further informations: www.archaeotourism2012.ch

Archaeology and Tourism are two fields that are not as far apart as they may seem. Archaeological sites are often majour tourist attractions. They are also a part of a history and heritage that may not only concern a local area, but be of great value on a national or even on an international level. The growing awareness of our historical and archaeological heritage that has taken place over the last decades had also led to a sharp rise in an interest for heritage tourism.

Switzerland has an important tourism industry, due to its central position at the crossroads of Europe and the great attraction of the Alps. Every year many Swiss and foreign tourists explore the numerous activities that Switzerland has to offer, including heritage sites of international importance. Switzerland is home to eleven UNESCO world heritage sites, including nine cultural sites and two natural locations. The most recent addition to the cultural sites is archaeological: the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings of the Alpine Region.

During a brainstorming session led by Horizon 2015 - Forum for Swiss Archaeology - the idea for a symposium on Archeology and Tourism in Switzerland was proposed. ArchaeoConcept and Nomads of Time took up this idea and founded an association called ArchaeoTourism 2012, which will organise the first event on this theme at Thun Castle in November 2012.