The City beneath the City

The city beneath the city project was devised and carried out in 1995-1996 by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and the Council of Europe on the occasion of the European Year of Archaeology.

It aimed to involve pupils, aged 6-12 years, in a series of activities in order to make them familiar with the history and development of their city, and to raise awareness of the need to take their cultural heritage and its European dimension into account when considering the future of their city.

Each country was represented by a city.

The project included educational activities on sites, at museums and in the city itself, as well as discussions with advisers and specialists.

At the end of the school year, participating classes compiled a presentation of the results that look the form of a "City Discovery Trail". The products created by pupils were judged by an international jury according to well-defined quality criteria.

Download of the teaching booklets


Cover and presentation of the project

What is archaeology?

The Historic Environment

The Curriculum and the Historic Environment

Archaeology as an Educational Resource

Letís Preserve Our Past

Education and Archaeology in Arles

Monuments and Environmental Education in Athens

Trier (Germany): "Trier under Trier": a drawing produced by French and German secondary school pupils during an international event.