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Introduction: Contemporary Archaeological Resource Management and the ‘Liberals’ Dilemma

Changes in infrastructure, legislation, and environmental policy impact the management and conservation of archaeological sites. This chapter discusses the practices of archaeological heritage management in Slovenia, a former Republic of Yugoslavia, situated in Central Europe between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. It discusses the importance of landscape archaeology and 3D modeling effective tools of archaeological practice. The chapter presents the two archaeological case studies: Sermin and kolarice. These projects are examples of new archaeological heritage management practices in Slovenia. The Slovenian Motorway Project, as the model was named, has generated in the decade of its existence not only a large amount of new archaeological data, but also profound changes in understanding and conceiving the field of archaeological heritage management in Slovenia. The rapid development of information technology in the end of the last century has led to the application of modern techniques of digital data recording, data analysis, and presentation in archaeology and conservation.