The Extent Heritage specialist team has worked across the globe on international projects but we have a particular focus and experience in Asia and the Pacific. We love the cultural diversity of our geographic region and we enjoy working with our neighbours to develop innovative heritage projects. Our senior staff have worked on heritage projects in a number of countries including Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
UNESCO has recently acknowledged that “heritage has been absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide acknowledgment of its great potential to contribute to social, economic and environmental goals.” In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, with 17 ambitious, universal goals to transform our world. Cultural heritage as a key element of sustainable urban environments is now embedded in these goals.
Whether your project requires the resources of a large multi-disciplinary survey and or archaeological team, site specific conservation advice, heritage training for staff or confidential heritage policy development and planning we are able to provide a project tailored to your needs. We can provide entire teams or alternatively match a specialist to your national team to enhance your heritage project outcomes. We have delivered projects that cover the following range of services and are happy to tailor them to your local circumstances:
Archaeological surveys and excavations,
Cultural heritage mapping,
Heritage interpretation and cultural tourism advice,
Cultural landscapes advice and documentation,
Intangible Cultural Heritage advice and documentation,
Mid-term and terminal programme reviews on heritage and environmental projects, programmes or centres,
World Heritage assessment, management and nomination advice,
Heritage training and specialist lectures.
We can organise all project logistics including the travel, accommodation and safety involved in working in remote areas where accessibility and communication is challenging. Recent projects include site recording and conservation planning for the Lost Battlefield of Alola on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea; and Blamey’s Garden, Papua New Guinea. We have also assisted colleagues in Japan at the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia Pacific Region (IRCI) on a study into the legal and non–legal mechanisms related to safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Greater Mekong Region.
Recently Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights notes that “Cultural heritage is significant in the present, both as a message from the past and as a pathway to the future. Viewed from a human rights perspective, it is important not only in itself, but also in relation to its human dimension”. She devoted her first thematic report to the UN General Assembly (27 October 2016) to this important issue. The report’s primary message is that cultural heritage is a human rights issue. Extent Heritage is committed to this principle and it underpins our work. We enjoy working with and learning from local people – sharing our experience and matching it with local knowledge to achieve great heritage outcomes for people at local and national levels. Wherever possible our projects are designed to empower local communities. For example at Myola Lakes in Central Province PNG our team incorporated post-graduate students from the University of Papua New Guinea who worked with us gaining valuable field experience. Together we worked with villagers from Kagi and Naduri representing land owning clans. Our preliminary investigation revealed a prehistory dating back at least 33,500 years dramatically expanding the knowledge of the occupation of the central highlands.
Remote area and international work can be expensive however we know that budgets for the important work of heritage investigation and conservation are often limited and so we are happy to talk to you and develop the most cost effective project possible.
In January 2016 AHMS and Futurepast Heritage merged to form Extent Heritage. EXTENT offers the most comprehensive range of built heritage, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage services available within the Australian and Asia Pacific region.