nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2014‒11‒28
one paper chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Why archeological tourism does not work?: Evidence from two discoveries in Kosovo By Mulaj, Isa

  1. By: Mulaj, Isa
    Abstract: This paper brings the evidence about two unique archeological discoveries in Kosovo: i) Fingerprints in a rock from Pleistocene period; and ii) the Star of David, the Flower of Life, the Tree of Life, and “Eye of the Masonry” found together engraved in a marble stone 1 meter long and 30 centimeters wide. The carbon test (C14) of the latter puts the age of the engravings circa 2 500 BCE. It was found by the Author in 2013, located in the coordinate 42o48’41.50”N 20o34’16.00” E, 400 metres away from Fingerprints to the southwest, in Shushica village, municipality of Istog. Archeological tourism is subject to a number of measures that should be undertaken to make it work. The sites where the two our discoveries are located are intensively polluted by the nearby residents. The municipal authorities of Istog have further neglected the sites after taking away the artifacts and no longer showing any interest.
    Keywords: Archaeotourism, Illyricum Sacrum, Star of David, Flower of Life, Tree of Life, the Eye of the Masonry
    JEL: Z1
    Date: 2014–05–10

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