Heritage At Risk: A Tool for Understanding the Real Threat to Syria’s Cultural Heritage

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SYRIA heritage at risk

Background: Five years of civil war in Syria has taken a serious toll on the country. More than 250,000 people have died as a result of the conflict according to the UN, and millions have fled the county in search of better lives abroad. Once thriving cities are now decimated, and Syria’s rich cultural history is under constant threat. Since … Read More

The Power of One, and Community in Protecting Cultural Heritage

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Three figurines from Anatolia, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany

The looting of archaeological artifacts is an issue that affects us all, across the globe, with ramifications which go beyond an academic, institutional need for understanding our cultural heritage. They touch upon issues of local identity, community, and historical reconstruction, both for understanding the past, but also for considering our future. Likewise, the protection of cultural heritage, not only in … Read More

In Memoriam: Ashrawy and Mustafa Ali

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Egyptian Guards

On February 19, a gang of armed men entered the archaeological site of Dayr al-Barsha with an objective to loot antiquities. The site is well known for its rock-cut tombs dating back to the Middle Kingdom (2040 BC – 1600 BC), many of which were excavated in the early 20th century. The perpetrators were foiled in their attempt to enter … Read More

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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Moche Earrings

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