WHAT IS THE A.W.A.?
A.W.A. stands for 'Association for World War Archaeology'. Recently, and as a result of their professional activities, a number of archaeologists came across remains from WW I and WW II. They are determined to devote themselves to this World War Heritage. In years gone by it became clear that there is great interest in this heritage, but at the same time many questions remain unanswered. The Association strives, amongst other things, to distribute the results of the scientific research.
The objectives of the A.W.A. consist of four main fields of interest:
Through her activities the A.W.A. aims at pointing out the importance of the World War Heritage, both to the general public as well as to the domestic and international scientific community. In order to achieve this goal the A.W.A. has its own website (http://www.a-w-a.be). It also publishes booklets and issues pamphlets. To conclude the A.W.A. organizes expositions, excavation weekends and open site days. In addition the association wants to inform amateur researchers and their societies. Often these people have their own - but unfortunately sometimes illicit- way of working. The A.W.A. wants to focus attention to the accepted scientific (and ethical) approach of all archaeological heritage, including the World War Heritage. Without depriving them of their individual character the A.W.A. wants to help all researchers in adjusting their way of working, so it is in accordance with Flemish and international law and rules. Importing good research methods and general insights is considered to be an important matter. The association can also function as a place where people can report any World War site believed to be under treath.
(2) To form a platform for networking and the exchange of knowledge:
In forming a platform the A.W.A. aims at improving the cooperation between both domestic and international scientific institutes as well as unofficial societies and amateur researchers. The World War Heritage can only benefit from the streamlining of all existing zeal and activities. When all research and initiatives are geared to one another this leads to an increase in results and eventually a well-considered spending of effort and means.
(3) To generate funding:
As a non governmental organisation the A.W.A. is able to gather funds that can be applied for the benefit of the World War Heritage.
(4) To strive for the protection of the World War Heritage:
The A.W.A. makes up proposals for the protection of the World War Heritage and delivers these to the competent administration of the Flemish Government.
The A.W.A. works in close collaboration with the Flemish Heritage Institute (VIOE - Vlaams Instituut voor het Onroerend Erfgoed) and the In Flanders Fields Museum (Ypres).
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