Ruins of an ancient Roman bathhouse in Beirut Central District (Lebanon)
Visitors inside Bekal Fort in Kerala, protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. The gardens inside the fort are made mainly for tourism.

Archaeotourism or Archaeological tourism is a form of cultural tourism, which aims to promote public interest in archaeology and the conservation of historical sites.


Archaeological tourism can include all products associated with public archaeological promotion, including visits to archaeological sites, museums, interpretation centers, reenactments of historical occurrences, and the rediscovery of indigenous products, festivals, or theaters.[citation needed]


Archaeological tourism promotes archaeological sites and an area's cultural heritage. Its intent is to not cause more damage to the sites, thus avoiding becoming invasive tourism.[1] Archaeologists have expressed concerns that tourism encourages particular ways of seeing and knowing the past.[2] When archaeological sites are run by tourist boards, ticket fees and souvenir revenues can become a priority. The tradeoff between opening a site to the public or remaining closed and keeping the site out of harm's way should be assessed.[3] Damage to irreplaceable archaeological materials is not only direct, as when remains are disordered, altered, destroyed, or looted, but often an indirect result of poorly planned development of tourism amenities, such as hotels, restaurants, roads, and shops. These can alter the environment producing flooding, landslides, or undermining ancient structures.[4]

Notable sites


  1. ^ Messai, Hada (November 8, 2010) "Pompeii's House of the Gladiators collapses Archived January 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine",
  2. ^ Uzi Baram 2008 Tourism and Archaeology. In Encyclopedia of Archaeology, edited by Deborah M. Pearsall, pp. 2131-2134. Elsevier
  3. ^ Mason, Peter (2008). Tourism Impacts, Planning and Management. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-7506-8492-7.
  4. ^ Comer, Douglas C. (2012). Tourism and Archaeological Heritage Management at Petra: Driver to Development or Destruction?(SpringerBriefs in Archaeology. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-1461414803..
  5. ^ a b "Omani artist launches initiative to boost tourism value of Imti". Times of Oman. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  6. ^ سلامة, حجاج (2020-12-24). "إمطي .. تاريخ يتحدث وفنون بكل الألوان | حجاج سلامة". MEO (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-02-01.

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