PRESS RELEASE Online Educative Workshop “Archaeological Exhibitions: Challenges of Sharing the Past to Contemporary Public” within the Project ”Underground Iași – Rediscovered (Hi)Stories” ​


Online Educative Workshop
“Archaeological Exhibitions: Challenges of Sharing the Past to Contemporary Public”
within the Project ”Underground Iași – Rediscovered (Hi)Stories”

”Moldova” National Museum Complex of Iași, in partnership with Fornleifastofnun Islands (Institute of Archaeology in Iceland), of Reykjavik, is implementing during February 2020 – June 2021, the project ”Underground Iași – Rediscovered (Hi)Stories”, financed with the support of the EEA Grants 2014-2021 with the RO-CULTURE Programme, the call ”Innovative Cultural Exhibitions of Restored Objects Supported”.

In this context, on 26 February 2021, the educative workshop “Archaeological Exhibitions: Challenges of Sharing the Past to Contemporary Public” will be organized online, by means of the ZOOM platform. The event, in English, addresses mostly specialists from fields such as archaeology, history, museum studies, geography, tourism, without excluding any discipline. For a wider impact, we also encourage the general public to attend the event and thus enlarge the knowledge about cultural heritage. Interested persons should use the link

The workshop includes the following lectures and presentations:

Adolf Friðriksson: “Hidden Footprints. An Introduction to Archaeology in Iceland”

Adolf Friðriksson studied Archaeology and History and Philosophy of Science, and has a BA (Hons.) and M.Phil. degrees from University College in London, and a Doctorate degree from Sorbonne in Paris. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Archaeology in Iceland, and Senior Advisor to the new Viking Age Museum in Norway. His numerous publications and research projects lie in the fields of history of archaeology, Viking studies, and landscape archaeology.

Hólmfríður Sveinsdóttir: “From the Ground to the Glass Case: Displaying Archaeological Narratives”

Hólmfríður Sveinsdóttir has a B.A. in archaeology from the University from Iceland and MSc in material culture & artefact studies (distinction) from the University of Glasgow. Sveinsdóttir works as a finds specialist as well as teaching at the University of Iceland.

Kristjana Vilhjálmsdóttir: “Reconstruction and Replication of Cultural Heritage: Opportunities and Considerations”

Kristjana Vilhjálmsdóttir has a BA in Archaeology with a minor in Art History from the University of Iceland and an MSc in Conservation Practice from Cardiff University, UK. She has worked both as an archaeologist and as conservator of archaeological, social history and art collections.

Coralia Costaș: “An Innovative Exhibition in Iași: How to Accommodate Past and Present”.

Since 2007 head of PR, Projects, Programmes Department within ”Moldova” National Museum Complex of Iași, Romania, Coralia Costaș, PhD, has lately focused on the concept of cultural mediation and on the necessity of raising awareness at the level of the general public as for the treasures of the past hidden in the ground.

Cătălin Hriban, ”Mapping the Old City: Cartography of Archeological Discoveries in the City of Iași”.

Cătălin Hriban, PhD, is senior researcher within the Institute of Archeology of the Romania Academy – Iași Branch, his main themes of interest being medieval urban topography, urban archeology, medieval townscapes


The project ”Underground Iași – Rediscovered (Hi)Stories” and the exhibition with the same title capitalize the local heritage items resulting from archaeological excavations undertaken in areas surrounding the historical center of the city of Iași, during urban development projects carried out during the last decades. Without the careful archaeological surveys followed by minute conservation-restoration activities, heritage items such as those selected for this exhibition project could have been lost or destroyed forever. From discovery to display, the way is long and sometimes difficult and full of surprises. Trans- and interdisciplinary, as well as inter-institutional and international cooperation has a  massive role in recovering and presenting to the public artifacts that bring new information about the past.

The project ”Underground Iași – Rediscovered (Hi)Stories” is financed with the support of the EEA 2014-2021 Grants, within the RO-CULTURE Programme, the call ”Innovative Cultural Exhibitions of Restored Objects Supported”. Total project amount is  617,288.12 Ron (129,083.06 Eur).

EEA grants are the contribution of the peoples of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary States in eastern and southern Europe and the Baltic States.

In total, the three countries contributed EUR 3.3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and EUR 1.55 billion for the 2014-2021 funding period. More details are available on the   and  

The RO-CULTURE programme is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has the overall objective of strengthening economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. More details are available on the