Rab Archaeological (T)races

The project Rab Archaeological (T)races is carried out within the programme 27 neighbourhoods - neighbourhood Rab Island wihtin Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture.

The initiative is led by the Lopar Culture Centre in collaboration with Rab Open University and Rab Town Tourist Board, while the Institute of Archaeology, along with the Maritime and history museum of the Croatian littoral Rijeka, has joined as partner and expert collaborator. The European partner of the project is Heritage Malta - National Museum of Archaeology, while Rab Town, Lopar Municipality, Lopar Municipality Tourist board and Rijeka 2020  with its partners have provided support.

Led with the idea of an eco and site museum, the project partners have systematized the archaeological heritage of the island and creating, through its valorisation, the prerequisites for educational activities and the development of tourism, which cultural heritage and the landscape within which it exists as focus. By presenting archaeological sites in situ and connecting them with tri walking and cycling path, cultural heritage, education, recreation and sport are connected, with the aim to promote the benefits of outdoor and active free time activities.

Along with more standard ways of presenting cultural heritage within the landscape - educational boards and other informative features - and using existing hiking and biking trails, and partly also Premužić's trail, interactive digital content has been developed within the project.

With the participation, through 2018 and 2019, within the programs Bolje vas našli! and Living room within the Rijeka 2020 EPK, the project partners and external collaborators had the chance to test the programme on a smaller scale and present it to the public, raising awareness on heritage preservation and management as well as its promotion within cultural tourism.  

The opening and presentation of the archaeological open-air museum will be marked by the Rab Archaeological (T)races 2020 race to be held on April 18 and 19, within which participants will visit the archaeological sites of the island within a recreational and sporting event while getting to know the island, its nature and its archaeological heritage.

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