Analyzing the Cultural Heritage of Historical Houses in Kazaj Village with an Interpretive Approach

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant professor, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran.

2 Master in Social Research, Welfare Organization of Ardabil Province, Ardabili, Iran


In the contemporary world, sites of cultural heritage play an important role in local development, but, in Iran, local culture does not seem to be very based on cultural heritage. Despite the tangible cultural richness of historical buildings and their distribution in the less developed and rural areas of the country, cultural legacy has not been considered as a desirable element of development yet. This study discusses the "historical home" of the people in the village of Kozj with an interpretive approach. It considers the interpretation of village houses desirable enough for the local development and the identification of local values. Historic houses are, in fact, the available precious heritage that can shed light on the past societies. The study deals with the experiences of the residents in the village through the hermeneutical interpretation of the historical architecture of the village. In this regard, the cultural landscape of the village is extracted and interpreted phenomenologically through small collections of data. Also, through the hermeneutic cycle, three stages of human life are identified and interpreted.


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