Six different Israeli ministries invested nearly $2 million to repair damage, much of it irreversible, after unknown vandals in October 2009 assaulted the site of Avdat, designated by UNESCO (United Nations Science and Culture Organization) as a world’s cultural heritage.
The preservationists of Timbuktu’s centuries-old artifacts have been holding their breath for weeks, waiting for the moment when the French military would seize back Mali’s ancient northern capital from the Islamic militants who have occupied it for 10 months. Now that that’s happened it still isn’t clear how many of the city’s historic manuscripts have survived, but most of them may be safely hidden away.
A recent study of pottery remains from Indus valley sites shows that the origins of curry are a lot older than most people think in this article about the development of curry. (more…)