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Pantheon-Sorbonne University: Consortium #1, WP4

Read the InsSciDE interview with Prof. Butterlin, in which the InsSciDE Expert shares his thoughts on archaeology as a form of diplomacy, the history of archaeological practice, and the relevance of science diplomacy in today’s world.

Pascal Butterlin is the director of the French Archaeological Mission of Mari, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and member of the joint research unit 7041 – ArScAn. He is director of the doctoral school of archaeology at Paris 1. He also works as a UNESCO expert concerning archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq, and as expert on countries in crisis for the French Foreign Affairs Ministry (Archaeological Research National Commission).

He will perform case study and direct field intervention work for WP4, and co-organize the Heritage workshop. He will co-supervise the technical subcontractor ICONEM.

Case Study Pitches

Prof. Butterlin is co-author of InsSciDE case study n°4.1, A legacy of shared responsibility. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study 4.1 will investigate the attitudes and practices of archaeologists seen in three historic and contemporary cases, focusing on how they have addressed the need for responsibility for heritage conservation shared across political and cultural borders. Key quote: ’Science diplomacy can open new ways to share knowledge and to strengthen the feeling of responsibility for a common heritage of global importance.’

Prof. Butterlin is also co-author of InsSciDE case study n°4.2, War archaeology and damage assessment. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study 4.2 will analyse three field actions, under the umbrella of ongoing archaeological undertakings in conflict zones, as actual science diplomacy processes. Key quote: ’As we face the current crisis in Syria, Iraq, and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, archaeology is playing a crucial interface role, revealing the weaknesses of traditional and fragmented European diplomacy, but also showing how conjoint attention to heritage can rebuild both the region and relationships.’