Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

MA Museum Professions


Communication and the Arts


Gregory Stevens, MAT

Committee Member

Madison Krall, PhD

Committee Member

Renee Robinson, PhD

Committee Member

Ruth Tsuria, PhD


Phenomenology, Cultural Heritage, Relevance, Italy, Public Archaeology, Community


Relevance to the public has become critical for Italian cultural heritage institutions, as domestic visitation to archaeological parks and museums remains low while expectations to engage communities rise. This paper presents a phenomenological analysis of the experience of ancient cultural heritage through the lens of individuals located nearby the Villa of the Antonines Archaeological excavation, in Genzano di Roma, Italy. The findings conclude with a set of recommendations for ancient cultural heritage institutions to become more relevant to the existing needs and lived experiences of the community.