Bear Douglas- “Evaluating Çatalhöyük: Economic and Ethnographic Approaches to Understanding the Impact of Cultural Heritage”

Abstract: Current literature on the management and maintenance of cultural heritage sites tends to take for granted the positive economic significance of archaeological sites to local communities. However, because archaeological sites are public goods, their impact and “value” are difficult to assess; different methodologies can yield vastly different results, and the differences between them are rarely interrogated. This project is an attempt to understand the “value” of Çatalhöyük to the local region (specifically the city of Konya, the town of Çumra, and the village of Küçükköy) using four distinct methods: tracking monetary influx through site wages, expenditures, and buying behavior; treating distance traveled by tourists to site as a proxy measure for willingness to pay; a contingent valuation study; and—often missing from economic valuations—ethnographic interviews with local people and tourists about the site.

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Date and Time:
 Wednesday, February 10, 2010.  12:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1 hour(s).
Location:
Building 500- Archaeology Center  [Map]
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Stanford Archaeology Center
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February 9, 2010