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Title: Site-seeing to sight-seeing 'visibility or visitability' : archaeology as a resource for tourism : a case study in the Yorkshire Wolds
Author: Coates, Ruth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 1747
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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The purpose of this study is to analyse and interpret the potential of archaeology as a resource for tourism in the United Kingdom. The study will draw upon the specific case of the Yorkshire Wo lds, in terms of existing developments and potential, with other examples examined where appropriate for comparative purposes. The significance of the study lies in the growing importance of tourism in the countryside and in the context of agricultural decline. There is a strong economic motive therefore, underlying the activities of tourism authorities to identify and develop for tourism the "cultural capital" that lies within their jurisdiction and to do so in a way that is sensitive to the potential environmental impacts of such activity. There is also a growing interest in the concept of "local distinctiveness" and local communities are expressing this through schemes such as the Local Heritage Initiative, which are designed to identify and celebrate various aspects of the past at local level. The study will be concerned with the extent to which archaeology can constitute a resource for the purposes of tourism and to identify the modalities of interpretation and heritage management that would enable this to occur. Of central interest, is the extent to which local communities could have a more significant role in managing and presenting their heritage to external audiences than has been the case hitherto. A key objective is to analyse and interpret what is actually "on the ground" in the area of the Yorkshire Wolds and the potential it has to become an archaeological tourist resource. This will be achieved by studying the area using primary and secondary methods of data collection to understand the levels of interpretation, preservation and archaeological significance to establish whether the undiscovered heritage of the Wolds has potential from a tourism perspective.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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