Pomáz-Nagykovácsi-puszta is a complex archaeological-environmental heritage site situated on the edge of Pomáz, a small town 20 km north from Budapest, close to the Duna-Ipoly National Park and Biosphere Reserve. The site used to be the manorial complex of a nearby Cistercian monastery in the Middle Ages, which was specialized in glass production. Now it displays ruins of the former church and manorial buildings as well as traces of historical land-use and water systems including medieval fishponds. It is in private ownership as part of a bio-goat farm.


  • State of and access to the ruins: before the excavations started, the ruins have been plundered by treasure hunters, so partly unearthed but not conserved. Furthermore, the ruins are situated on private property closed from visitors, the local community and the tourists.
  • Environmental: the site is located in a natural area under legal protection creating challenges when planning archaeological research and any developments that concern the conservation, management, and presentation of the site.
  • Economic: neither the bio-farm, nor the built heritage site or the educational centre is an economically sustainable enterprise alone.
  • Stakeholder involvement: managing the co-operation of various stakeholders that include the owner of the farm, the National Park, the parties interested in the research and presentation of the built heritage on the site (CEU using it as an educational and training site), and various segments of the local community.
  • Cultural-geographical: the site is marginally situated from the point of view of the town and the local community, both geographically and in terms of their self-perception.


Aims of the Cooperative Heritage Lab:

  • Finding a complex, and economically sustainable functionality for the site that promotes the heritage value of the assets, integrates it with the surrounding National Park and helps the sustainability of the farm and the recently established training centre;
  • Integrating it regionally and nationally into heritage paths;
  • Building co-operation with local institutions using the concepts of local historical heritage;
  • Inviting the local community and creating a virtual community to re-define the message of the site.