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

Hiker Discovers 3,500 Year Old Seal and Returns it

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Sphinx Seal Impression

Last month, an Israeli hiker exploring the Horns of Hattin in the Lower Galilee chanced upon an oval, beetle-shaped seal that likely surfaced as a result of recent thunderstorms in the area. The area of the discovery is well known as the site of a former fortified citadel dating to the Late Bronze Age. Upon discovery and out of curiosity, the man contacted the Israeli Antiquities Authority, who … Read More

Argentina and Spain Return Thousands of Artifacts to Peru and Ecuador

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Over 4,000 cultural heritage items have been returned to Peru this week after having been seized from traffickers and art collectors almost 16 years ago, in Buenos Aires. The artifacts include pre-Columbian items, metals, textiles, wood, ceramics and bone, and constitute the largest amount of cultural artifacts to be returned to date. Argentina and Spain are also returning over 500 artifacts to Ecuador, adding to … Read More

Deploying Technology to Rescue the Past

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Palmyra's theater by Jerzy Strzelecki (Wikipedia)

How are digital tools used to record artifacts and monuments for posterity, in light of cultural destruction by ISIS? Future Tense, a partnership of Arizona State University, New America and Slate, that explores emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy, will hold a panel discussion tonight, January 28th, from 6:00 – 7:30PM on these pressing issues. You can join the discussion via Twitter … Read More

Iran Urges UNESCO Push to Protect Cultural Heritage in Syria, Iraq

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Temple of Bel, Palmyra

In a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in Paris on Thursday, President Rouhani reminded international organizations, UNESCO in particular, of their heavy responsibility to safeguard the cultural heritage in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq. The president further called on UNESCO to take a more active role in using “cultural capacities” to combat violence and terrorism, specifically to prevent destruction … 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

SAFE at the 2016 AIA Annual Meeting

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Last week, from January 6th to 9th, I was thrilled to attend the 117th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in San Francisco. All of us at SAFE were particularly proud to be in attendance this year, both for the presentation of SAFE’s 2015 Beacon Award, and to celebrate SAFE’s founder, Cindy Ho, as she was honored by … 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

Florida Archaeologists Condemn Proposed ‘Citizen Archaeology’ Permit

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A recently proposed bill in Florida, House Bill 803, has the potential to change the cultural resource laws in the state. If passed, the bill would allow anyone who has purchased a permit at the cost of $100, to excavate by hand or with a trowel artifacts located on state lands. It would also allow for the display and sale of such artifacts as long … Read More