World’s Oldest Temple to Be Restored

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Göbekli Tepe

Göbekli Tepe, a site located in Turkey, has received funding to restore the oldest temple ever discovered. The pillars and carved stones are estimated to be 12,000 years old, which predates the projected date of agriculture and the invention of ceramics. With the new funding, the site will be able to build protective coverings for exposed structures as well as … Read More

Illegally Looted Roman and Etruscan Antiquities Found in Geneva

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Pompeii House

Italy’s Carabinieri art crime investigation unit recently discovered forty-five crates containing Etruscan and Roman antiquities in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts speculate that these pieces were left in Switzerland for fifteen years by Robin Symes, a dealer who has served time for contempt of court. When artifacts are improperly removed from their source, cultural and historical context is lost. Pompeii, an archaeological site famous … Read More

Syrian Refugees Build Miniatures of Endangered and Destroyed Landmarks

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Palmyra

Syrian Refugees at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan have been building miniatures of Syria’s ruined and endangered monuments. The project began when Ahmad Hariri brought a group of artists together in order to teach children within the camp about their heritage. The miniatures are made of recycled materials from the area. One project by Mahmoud Hariri, who was an … Read More

Employees Face Fines for King Tut’s Restoration

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King Tuthankhamun

Eight employees from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt face heavy fines for reckless destruction of King Tutankamun. It was found that they violated many of the scientific and professional standards for restoration, specifically improperly gluing of the mask’s beard. King Tut is one the most oldest artifacts dating to 3,300 years. Click here to read the full story. Photo: King Tuthankamen’s burial … Read More

Saudi Arabia Creates Awards For Archaeologists

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), has brought to fruition a number of awards for archaeologists. The awards fall into several categories, including, Saudi Pioneers in Archaeology, Foreign Pioneers of Archaeology, Young Archaeology Researchers, and Foreign Archaeology Researchers. The Prince Sultan has stated that the awards are designed to distinguish those … Read More

Peru’s Ministry of Culture Announces New National Museum of Archaeology

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Machu Pichu

Peru’s Ministry of Culture has revealed that they will begin work on a new museum devoted to the nation’s archeological wealth. This project will help Peru protect and display it’s cultural heritage. There is certainly a need for this in Peru since the minister of the organization, Diana Alvarez-Calderón Gallo, has stated that there are 500,000 artifacts, which need a place to be … Read More

Archaeologists Return to Northern Iraq

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Ancient City of Ashur

  Progress is being made toward protecting antiquity in northern Iraq. Within the past month, ISIS was pushed out of the area, thus allowing archaeologists to return to several heritage sites. The terrorist organization has inflicted damage on these sites and looted many antiquities. However, archaeologists in Iraq have resumed work and have all ready discovered several Neanderthal remains. It … Read More

Bridge to the Divine: Repatriating Nepal’s Heritage

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What may be awe-inspiring art to one person is a bridge to the divine for another. Around the world, our cultural heritage takes on new meaning depending on its context. Pilgrims walk hundreds of miles to pray. Patrons buy tickets to learn from exhibits. Both provide insight into our shared heritage as people, but context is critical. Context Has there … Read More

How can we think about cultural heritage when life is lost?

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nepal-before-after

Before and after photos leave nothing to the imagination: Nepal has suffered a tremendous loss to its cultural heritage when a massive earthquake hit the small Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015. Should we be concerned about culture when the death toll is still mounting every minute? We know countless people have suffered the devastation of losing family members and loved ones. When … Read More

Heritage Crisis in Syria: a call for a moratorium on the antiquities trade

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The world has been closely following the tumultuous political upheaval behind the devastated state of cultural heritage preservation in Syria. A recent New York Times article describes “a feeling of impotence” that academics and archaeologists are experiencing in the face of the sheer magnitude of the danger threatening the cultural heritage of Syria. What will it take to stop the relentless destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage? It … Read More