Museums, living heritage villages, archaeological sites – these are all dependent on an interaction between the site and the visitor. Interpretation of the layers of heritage, and clarity about what is authentic and what is not guides the visitor’s experience and engagement with history. Settlements, cultural landscapes, and museum sites must engage the cultural and natural heritage of the site tomaintain authenticity about the past, present and future. We invite critical analyses both of positive outcomes, but also heritage gone awry in this discussion of the role and importance of authenticity. Abstracts should include topics such as:
- Methodologies for documenting heritage;
- The effects of authenticity on visitor experience;
- The role of interpretation in the perception of authenticity;
- Integrity and authenticity;
- Identifying authenticity and integrity in the absence of documentary evidence;
- And others.