Project Title: Black Sea Archaeology, History and Culture Portal - ARHICUP (BSB867).
The project “Black Sea Archaeology, History and Culture Portal – ARHICUP”, eMS code BSB-867, is funded by the program “Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020”, Priority Axis 1. Promote business and entrepreneurship within the Black Sea Basin, Specific Objective 1.1. Jointly promote business and entrepreneurship in the tourism and cultural sectors.
Programme official website: blacksea-cbc.net/
The ARHICUP project started on June 1, 2020 and will run for 24 months. Its applicant is the Municipality of Nessebar (Bulgaria) – Lead Partner, which has as partners the Museum of National History and Archaeology of Constanța (Romania) – PP2 and the National Museum of History of Moldova in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) – PP3.
The total value of the project is 566.400 euros, of which 92 % represents the ENI grant and 8 % co-financing by partners. On partners, the value is divided as follows: Nessebar Municipality 369.080 euros; Museum of National History and Archaeology of Constanța 85.440 euros; and the National Museum of History of Moldova 111.880 euros.
The objective of the ARHICUP project is to promote archaeological, historical, and cultural tourism in the western region of the Black Sea, by presenting the rich treasures of the heritage in a coherent way and using advanced web technologies.
To this end, a web portal will be created which will contain: an integrated library system (ILS) for the collection of bibliographic data; a digital library for describing and presenting photo, audio, video data; an utility for presenting 3D models of archaeological objects, such as parts of archaeological sites, buildings, or monuments; a digital collection of old maps of the Black Sea region; a Web-GIS for georeferencing the presented objects. Its role is to widely disseminate information on the archaeological, historical, and cultural heritage located in the western region of the Black Sea combining different data and sources, presented in diverse and attractive digital formats. The use of advanced web technologies to present the rich heritage of the Black Sea coast is an important factor in the development of cultural tourism, which has a great potential in sustainable economic growth. The tourism business needs reliable access to this information, which is both scientifically validated and presented in an attractive form and accessible to the public, especially since in the years before the pandemic there was a continuous increase in cultural tourism.
Within the project, an exhibition of old maps of the Black Sea region will be created and opened, in each partner country.
At the end of the project period, a scientific-practical conference will be organized dedicated to the archaeology of the west coast of the Black Sea, with the participation of representatives of science and business from the three countries.
The project activities will create the framework for cross-border cooperation to develop a common tool for the presentation of the archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of the Black Sea region, will build a bridge of information between the academic community and the tourism sector. They support the conservation and promotion of monuments in their cultural landscape and in the natural environment, by integrating them into the plans of local development authorities, thus creating conditions for the socio-economic development of the region through cultural tourism.
The project can stimulate the interaction between national economies and contribute directly to the sustainable economic development of the region. By involving civil society, local authorities, and business organizations, as well as the media, the scientific and academic community, the project will increase public awareness and understanding of sustainable development and opportunities for conservation and presentation of historical and archaeological heritage of each country. Last but not least, the project comes in support of all those who, looking for the next holiday destination, will enter the platform and have access to information to better understand the region with its rich and unique history.