TEMPER Project (1996)


TEMPER Project was an international enterprise within the framework of a programme for the conservation and cultivation of cultural heritage, which was financed by the European Community. The project (EUROMED HERITAGE) was administered by Cambridge University, in cooperation with a team from Oxford Brookes University. The aim of the project was to promote awareness of prehistory and turn it into something that is accessible to the public-at-large, beginning from elementary school education to international tourism. This is accomplished through the planned development of sites and the preparation of interface and educational programmes. Five countries were partners in the project: UK, Greece, Turkey, Malta and Israel.
The project focused on five prehistoric sites around the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Ubeidiya and Sha’ar HaGolan in Israel, Çatalhöyük in Turkey, Kordin III in Malta and Paliambela in Greece. Evidence and finds were discovered at these sites that are crucially important in understanding mankind’s cultural development, such as man’s migration from the African continent, the transition to farming and its development and the appearance of streets and megalith temples. The partners comprising the Israeli team were from the Antiquities Authority and the Department of Architecture of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. The results of the TEMPER Project have been published by Cambridge University and include a summary of the work by the teams and the conclusions as follows:
1. The process of putting together an interface programme for  prehistoric sites.
2. Prehistoric sites in the regional context.
3. Protection and conservation of prehistoric sites.
4. Planning public visitation at the prehistoric sites, how to  present and interpret the sites.
5. Community involvement and participation in prehistoric sites.