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| Eline B.J Amsing | Figure 1. Archaeological Park Matilo (Buro JP) Participation in heritage management is not (yet?) common in the Netherlands, but this topic has gained more attention in academic research in the last few years (Duineveld 2007; Duineveld et al. 2008; Groenendijk 2015; Van den Dries 2014). From the literature, it seems that there is a value-centred heritage management and policies that stimulate participatory governance on the one hand, and the current practice in archaeological heritage management on the other. Although it is known that we have an interested and supportive audience (Van den Dries 2014), more understanding of the values attributed to archaeological heritage by different groups of stakeholders is needed for sustainable heritage management and effective community engagement. For my master thesis in heritage management (Amsing 2015) I intended to identify for what reasons archaeological sites are valued and what the interests are of the stakeholders involved. Which values are prioritised by those in charge and what are the thoughts of stakeholders about this? I evaluated this for two case study projects, Archaeological Park Matilo in Leiden and Castellum Hoge Woerd in Utrecht. I chose these case studies, because they both concern archaeological site parks in the Netherlands situated in the middle of lively neighbourhoods. Also, in both projects a range of stakeholder groups were involved and both sites are part of the Roman Limes, which is on the World Heritage tentative list. p. 38 | VOL III | INTER-SECTION | 2017 The case study projects Archaeological Park Matilo in Leiden, which protects the archaeological remains of the listed monument of the Roman castellum 1). The idea of the city council was to incorporate the archaeological monument in a park, a green area where people from the socially very different neighbourhoods of Roomburg and Meerburg could meet and recreate. Besides, it was hoped that the history of the site would add identity to the new neighbourhood of Roomburg, and that it would attract tourists to visit Leiden and Matilo too (Gemeente Leiden 2008 & 2009; Bureau Buiten 2012; Provincie Zuid-Holland 2014). The archaeological site of De Hoge Woerd is situated in the relatively new city district Leidsche Rijn, West of Utrecht. The site is listed as a monument since the 1960s as it consists of a Roman castellum from around 50 CE on a meander of the river Rhine. The reconstructed castellum forms a park, a museum (developed by the municipal Heritage Department), a restaurant, a city farm and a theatre (Projectbureau Leidsche Rijn 2007). Castellum Hoge Woerd opened in August 2015.