Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Dr Ols Lafe

Ols Lafe is an 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, won the 2014 SAA Book Award. He is currently Director of the Center for the Development of Ancient and Medieval Albanian Heritage (CDAMAH), a scientific research centre based at the state university “Aleksandër Moisiu” in Durrës, Albania. Some topics of his teaching curricula are “Communication of cultural heritage”, “World History and Civilization”, “Cultural Heritage Management”, “Tour guiding techniques” and “Administration of archaeological parks and historic centres”.

Ols’ publications cover archaeological research as well cultural heritage management issues and cultural tourism. His work experience has been focused on archaeology, excavation and publishing however his professional interests also include 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.

  • Michael L Galaty, Zamir Tafilica, Wayne E Lee, Ols Lafe, ‘Light and shadow: Isolation and interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania’. Light and Shadow, ISD, 1-304, 2013
  • Ols Lafe, ‘Archaeology in Albania 2000-2004’, Archaeological Reports, Vol 51, Cambridge University Press, pp 119-137, 2005/11
  • Ols Lafe, Michael L Galaty, ‘Albanian coastal settlement from prehistory to the Iron Age’, 2009