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Italian Mission in  Ghoufi (Algeria)
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Italian Mission in Ghoufi (Algeria)

‘The recovery of the ‘genius loci’ of the site of Ghoufi, Valley of the Aures Mountains, Wilaya de Batna’.

The objective of the project, operational since 2017 and led by Prof. Susanna Bortolotto, is to recover the “genius loci” of Ghoufi and its canyon, which it is hoped will soon be included by Algeria among the new sites applying for UNESCO World Heritage status, along with the nearby valleys of Oued Abdi and Oued Ahmar Khaddou and the Aures nature park. It also aims to:
1) expand knowledge of the Ghoufi site in the different settlement phases;2) promote the procedures of archaeology, conservation, protection, valorization and management for cultural heritage in the dynamics of local development;
3) to encourage “feasibility project” training in situ (together with the University of Annaba and Biskra) based on methods of documentation, diagnosis, restoration and reuse.

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