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Archaeological sites have long been associated with cultural heritage, national and ethnic identities, recreation and tourism, and economic development. Because they are usually fragmentary by nature, exposed and fragile, and often contested, these sites and landscapes present unique challenges in regard to their conservation, presentation, interpretation, and management. With significant archaeological fabric, a breath-taking landscape, potent historical and mythological associations, and established educational and visitor facilities, Gordion is poised to emerge as an internationally renowned cultural resource.

6 year conservation plan

The Conservation and Management Plan offers strategies for managing the sustainable development of the site through a careful program that addresses the need for targeted conservation and interpretive measures. Underlying all recommendations are two core beliefs: first, the site of Gordion comprises more than its extant archeological fabric and therefore represents a unique cultural landscape that also encompasses the surrounding tumuli and vegetation, as well as the village of Yassıhöyük and regional center of Polatli. Second, the involvement of residents from both Yassıhöyük and Polatlı is critical to Gordion's sustainability. Site managers should engage local residents in the decision-making process, as well as in a range of conservation and interpretative activities. Programs and interventions should address locally articulated social, educational, and economic needs, as well as tourist interests. Fostering local pride and involvement are key to developing the infrastructure—and sense of stewardship—that are critical to Gordion's future.

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