Cultural and Archaeological Heritage Site Management
I am passionate about helping sites and communities by working in Cultural and Archaeological Heritage Site Management, particularly as it relates to tourism and visitor management. I have worked in the following countries at the following sites (please click on the links to learn more about my work in each country):
- Armenia: Areni-1 Cave in Southeastern Armenia is where the world's oldest leather shoe and wine-making facility (circa 4000 BCE) were recently discovered. I wrote a Site Preservation and Tourism Plan for the site as a consultant for USAID.
- Cambodia: The three coastal provinces of Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong are in need of education and awareness of their invaluable cultural and natural heritage sites. I wrote three Heritage Management Plans in 2017 aimed at protecting sites in these provinces through tourism and other means.
- Kazakhstan: The Great Silk Road City of "Ancient Taraz" and the controversies surrounding excavations taking place at the central bazaar in Taraz, Kazakhstan is where I helped manage an Archaeological Field School from University College London. It was also the theme of my dissertation for my Masters of Arts in Managing Archaeological Sites.
- London, UK: Billingsgate Roman Bath House is located in the basement of a modern building in London. Visitation is a complex issue and the site was in distress due to damage from water residue. It has since been renovated and is only open to the public by special permission and certain public events.
- Choctaw Nation of Southeast Oklahoma: While not a heritage site in-and-of-itself, the area dedicated to the American Indian nation consists of 10,000 square miles with sites of tourist interest dotted in various areas. The challenge is that the area is too vast and many of the sites are small, spread out, and unmarked - creating issues with generating enough visitor interest to travel the long distances required between them. The Choctaw Nation is in the process of reviving its cultural heritage and plans to build a Cultural Center, which will aid in telling the story of the Choctaw people. The Choctaw Country Travel Guide is an excellent source of information for visitors to the region.
- Wisconsin, USA: An exciting opportunity existed for the residents of Appleton, Wisconsin to see and experience Leonardo da Vinci's "Machines in Motion" exhibit in 2012-2013. My role was as a docent, providing information about the exhibit and answering questions, while also providing marketing and customer retention expertise to senior staff.