Time machine team working definition of a sacred site (unpublished, 2021): "A sacred site is a natural or man-made feature in the landscape that is or has been revered as a focus for spiritual or religious belief and practices, such as ancestral celebration or worship directed towards divine beings or other phenomena of divine nature, and that may be perceived to be of a distinct energy compared to the surroundings."
A sacred site further fulfills at least one of the 19 characteristics described by Thorley & Gunn (2007).
Lead partner: Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics & Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Project leader: Lali Lindell
Project contributors at Linnaeus University: Lali Lindell, Ludgvig Papmehl-Dufay & Stefan Lagrosen
Swedish collaborating partners: Sensus studieförbund (Skåne-Blekinge)
International collaborating partners: Gdansk university, Poland; EUCC Baltic Office, Lithuania; Zemaitija National Park, Lithuania; Bornholm museum, Denmark
Project budget: 747 064 Sek (of which 500 000 Sek covered by SI)
Funding: The project is funded by the Swedish Institute, SI, under the Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region, and project partners.
Time period: 2020-08-01–2022-12-31
Themes: applied heritage, tourism, archaeology, wellbeing, environmental science
More about the project
This project is designed to meet and draw benefits from the currently increasing interest and demand for spiritual tourism, which is a part of wellbeing tourism and in the case of this project also of archaeological tourism, as well as the need to connect with the landscape and heritage.
Good practice cases as communicated by EUSBSR (2019) shows that there is an “absence of significant natural sites in the region that focus on promoting the cultural heritage of the region to attract tourists”. The seed funding will be used to make a prefeasibility study of a full project including assessment of available sacred sites in the landscape and the communication of them for tourism, and make necessary preparations, including identification of key actors, establishment of a proper partnership, and creating a shared vision for a 3 year project.
A selection of deliverables
- A compilation of sacred sites in the landscape of the participating regions suitable for being part of a crossborder cultural tourism route
- Identification of attractive communication of sacred places for tourism & the local society
- Identification of common features and values supporting our awareness of a shared Baltic Sea region heritage
- A network and shared vision for developing a full project