The Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Med-INA), a non-profit scientific organization based in Athens, Greece, has just issued this press release concerning its role in creating a new management plan for the archaeological site of ancient Corinth.
Located in North-East Peloponnese, Ancient Corinth is an unparalleled world heritage site. Overseeing two regions and two seas, and endowed with a wealth of natural resources, it was one of the largest and most important cities of Archaic and Roman times and experienced continuous habitation over the centuries. The sequence of peoples and cultures that ruled the land – Greeks, Romans, Franks, Ottomans, and Venetians – left their mark in the history but also on the natural and built environment of the area.
The impressive acropolis, the Acrocorinth, stands as an impressive fortress landmark not far from Ancient Corinth, where the extended Roman forum is located at the centre of the modern-day settlement. Further to the north, the Roman harbour is now an abandoned wetland, located in a dynamic rural seashore that faces enormous urban sprawl pressures. These three sites, along with an extensive network of monuments that are scattered in the fertile plain, constitute the unique archaeological area of Ancient Corinth.
In 2014 the Greek Ministry of Culture set up a Working Group with members from the Corinth Archaeological Ephorate, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA) and the Ministry to work on a plan for the sustainable management of the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Med-INA and specifically Mr. Yorgos Mellisourgos, a member of the scientific secretariat specialised in architecture and planning, is jointly working with TPA, which was commissioned by ASCSA for leading the plan development and for providing expert consultation to the Working Group.
The development of the management plan evolves in two phases (analysis and synthesis). The first step of Phase 1 is a multi-themed inventory and assessment of current conditions which was completed in 2015. The second step, currently in progress, is the development of a strategic vision for the area of Ancient Corinth. This will be followed by a round of consultations with key stakeholders in order to move on to Phase 2, which is the design of the management plan.
Few details here about what the plan will involve but it sounds like a promising start for developing the management of the archaeological site.