Crossroads of Empires, Summer 2019

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My involvement with the Crossroads of Empires
project is to look at ways that we might develop Sant’Ambrogio as a site that can support tourism
and visitors not only from within the local area, from Montecorvino and Giffoni, but also
how we might attract international visitors, particularly those that might have chosen
to holiday in the Salerno or the Amalfi areas. I think this project is quite important for
this region, especially because it will help us to understand the early medieval and medieval
phases of the landscape that has been very poorly studied in this space. I’m extremely interested in exploring ways
that we might bridge the gap between the research that is conducted within university faculties
and the kinds of information which is disseminated to visitors both through web exhibitions,
but also public open days. As part of the project I’ve been helping with
the excavation and I also did a scale drawing of parts of the church. We’ve been visiting
some really interesting sites, some early medieval churches, excavating is difficult,
but it’s very technical, there’s a lot of things that happen behind the scenes. Everything has to be accounted for. Everything
has to be checked. But in a way that’s really interesting because it shows that it’s not
just people wandering around thinking I’ll just dig here. They actually use the research
that they’ve got, that’s already been done, use their own research and then actually the
surprises along the way are sort of the niceties of it. Sant’Ambrogio is a very small and relatively
unknown church and it is quite typical of a number of heritage sites across the European
Union and by looking at ways that we might link this church up to a number of EU initiatives
I’m extremely interested in exploring ways that we might work up Sant’Ambrogio as a heritage
site which is not only accessible, but also sustainable on a long-term basis.

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