CIMEC (www.cimec.ro) was founded 30 years ago as a public institute under the Ministry of Culture for the computerised record of the Romanian cultural heritage (mainly mobile and archaeological). At the 1st of July 2011 CIMEC merged with the National Heritage Institute and became a department within this organisation (Cultural Memory Direction/Directia Memorie Culturala).
CIMEC became involved in aerial archaeology since 2004, as a partner in the European project "European Landscapes: Past, Present and Future, Culture 2000 Programme, 2004 - 2007" with the following aims
- To enrich the National Archaeological Record database through the exact identification and location of the known sites, discovery and recording of unknown ones by both the examination of aerial photographs, archive sources, and field survey
- To identify the changes in the landscape that took place over the last decades by comparing older and more recent aerial photographs
- To compile a map of archaeological sites, monuments and landscapes, using digital photography, digital cartography and keeping a digital archive of all collected material
- To make archaeological information available to the public, cultural resource managers and researchers on the web and by publications
- We established a network of cooperation both in Romania and abroad and benefited of training, consultancy and European research integration
In 2010 we joined the new project Archaeolandscapes Europe to benefit and contribute to a network of institutions with the same field of interest. We want to promote aerial archaeology as an important method of research and protection of cultural heritage.
In September 2010 we hosted the AARG International Conference on Aerial Archaeology in Bucharest (http://aarg2010.cimec.ro/) and published the fist book in Romanian on aerial archaeology and the preliminary results of our work: "Aerial Archaeology in Romania and Europe", authors Rog Palmer, Irina Oberlander-Tarnoveanu and Carmen Bem.
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