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Accreditation for the Via Egnatia

An EU-funded team combined multidisciplinary research with cutting-edge technologies to reconstruct for the first time a late medieval and early modern cultural route.
Accreditation for the Via Egnatia
A cultural route is defined as one that has its own specific and historic dynamics and functionality. Known as one of Europe’s most important cultural routes, the Via Egnatia was originally constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC and linked the Bosporus to the Adriatic Sea.

It covers a distance of 1 120 km and over time it became the most travelled European route of trade, cultural exchange, warfare, diplomacy and pilgrimage.

An engineering project in Greece known as the Egnatia Odos runs somewhat parallel to the historic route. Rescue excavations and important new finds have resulted. Yet, it is omitted from the list of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, thus remaining culturally elusive. The project THE VIA EGNATIA (The Via Egnatia: The archaeology of a European cultural route) has provided the first study of the route in its entirety.

Research covered the period of 1204-1501 and training was conducted on new technologies. Archaeological journeys spanned from Turkey to Albania and were vital for mapping the route and visualising its built environment. The rediscovery, reception, destruction and recording of the antique and medieval heritage of Egnatia in the late medieval and modern period also evolved during the work.

Papers were delivered at national and international research fora in Greece, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Workshops and conferences initiatives focused on the gradual transformation of the Balkan landscapes as part of the story of the eastern Mediterranean; the reception and archaeology of Egnatia’s ancient and medieval heritage by early modern travellers; and Egnatia in the digital era. Additionally, Via Egnatia-related educational initiatives for children of primary and secondary schools in Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States) and Thessaloniki were linked to a transnational EU-funded cultural partnership programme between Greece, Hungary and Poland.

Outcomes include training in spatial and visual technologies, digital platforms, strategies and innovation.

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Via Egnatia, cultural route, Egnatia Odos, archaeology, digital platforms
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