Ols Lafe (Aleksander Moisiu University at Durres, Albania) - Private-Sector Archaeology in Albania: between Tradition and Innovation
Ols Lafe is a classical archaeologist and has studied history and archaeology at the University of Tirana, Albania. He received an MA at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), and holds a PhD in cultural heritage management from the University of Tirana. His co-authored book on the tribal cultures of northern Albania, titled Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania, has won the 2014 SAA-Society for American Archaeology Book Award.He is currently leading CDAMAH-Center for the Development of Ancient and Medieval Albanian Heritage, a scientific research center based at the state university “Aleksandër Moisiu” in Durrës, Albania, while teaching at the University of Tirana and Polis University as an invited lecturer. His work experience has been focused on archaeology, excavation and publishing but professional interests include also training in tourism and cultural policies, historic tourism, management of monuments and their restoration, museum and archaeological parks administration and their presentation and communication of values to the public.