Welcome to the website of the project ESCUTIS!

ESCUTIS (Elevating and Safeguarding Culture Using Tools of the Information Society: Dusty traces of the Muslim culture) is an Interreg IIIB Archimed project financed by the European Community through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by national funds of Greece, Cyprus and Italy.

In this project, Information and Communication Technologies are exploited in culture with the aim of elevating, safeguarding and disseminating the traces of the Muslim – Ottoman cultural heritage from the 15th to the 20th century found on the western coasts of Greece (Epirus, Aitoloakarnania, Peloponnesus), Cyprus and southeastern Italy. Specifically, the project aims at the elaboration of methods and the exploitation of ICT tools for the dissemination of cultural, historical and scientific knowledge, the probing of new methods of looking at historical events, in particular those related to cultural heritage, and the exchange of all the above within the regions of the European Union.

With the cooperation among all partners on a high transnational and cross – cultural level, exchanging know – how and ideas and producing new knowledge, the project’s output is expected to help the development of positive attitudes towards the Muslim – Ottoman cultural heritage and, further on, towards multicultural societies. We hope that the project and this book will be useful to scientists and researchers, students, schools, museums and municipalities, ephorates of antiquities, public authorities, tourist organizations, chambers of commerce etc.