The SELECT project (Erasmus+ Key Action 2, 2020-2023) aims to enhance the study of ancient history and geography by means of the multidisciplinary, multilayered, interactive and user-friendly self-learning ATLAS of the cultures of old Europe before Romanisation. The ancient peoples outside the Greek-Roman world are the “minorities of the past”, whose heritage is often neglected in the school system. The ATLAS will provide the European citizens with an overall view of the most ancient European heritage, which will be objectified on a map, a powerful visual tool in learning the past. The map refers to a territory which, in the present as well as in the past, continuously develops and changes its borders.
Two are the main OBJECTIVES of SELECT:
– increasing in European citizenship a deeper awareness of the common European cultural outside the Greek-Latin world. The SELECT project assumes as most relevant to reconstruct the overall historical geography of peoples settled in ancient Europe, which have let a written sign of their presence. A chronological range from the oldest written documents in the 8th century BC up to the Romanization era (2nd-1st c BC) is set. The geographical area covered includes all the European countries where written documents are known in the chronological framework set above: Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Greece (excluding the Greek dialects) and European Turkey.
– providing the European educational systems with a self-learning tool for the study of the ancient world, boosting at the same time their digital competence. As suggested by the European guidelines “New Skills Agenda for Europe” (2016), in a continuously changing digital society the educational system is strongly encouraged to develop autonomous learning and self-guidance competences. The importance of the digital cultural heritage in building the competences of the 21st century has been recently highlighted by Europeana and by the European Schoolnet Academy. In this framework, the development of a comprehensive ATLAS of the languages, writings and cultures of ancient Europe will support the autonomous learning of younger citizens on these topics.
The Project partnership consists of high profile research and educational institutions and technological SME, with validated expertise in the fields required for the project. The partners are the three Universities of Genoa (IT), Zaragoza (SP) and Poznan (PL), two research centres, Ausonius-CNRS (FR) and Alteritas (IT), two High Schools, in Świdnik (PL) and El Pont de Suert (SP) and two technological partners, F|E|F (FI) and NCLOUD (IT). The project will take advantage of three Associated Partners: the Musée Champollion de l’Écriture of Figeac (FR), the University Library system of Liguria Region (I) and the French Association of teachers of classical humanities CNARELA.