Cultural Heritage Month Comes to an End

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We have had a successful October here, with a great range of posts on cultural heritage projects, the idea of heritage itself, and current problems in the field. If you haven’t read them all already make sure you do. Check out the list of posts below with brief summaries of each.

November 14-17 will be ASOR’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, and we will have some updates from the meeting, so be sure to check in for those! Also we will be focusing on the archaeology of Cyrpus this month, with posts from leading scholars on different periods of Cyprus’ history.

Additionally, La Sierra University is hosting, and ASOR is co-sponsoring, an archaeology weekend focusing on the archaeology of Cyrpus, November 10-11. Check out their program and stop by if you have a chance.

Protecting Archaeological Sites in Conflict Zones: What Is to be Done in Syria? By Lawrence Rothfield looks at the growing looting problem in Syria and proposes actions that heritage advocates should push for to help combat the illicit trade.

Protecting, Preserving, and Presenting Cultural Heritage in Petra: The Temple of the Winged Lions Cultural Resource Management Initiative by Christopher Tuttle discusses the project’s efforts to build a sustainable cultural resource management project that gives back to the local community while protecting a site as important as Petra.

WikiLoot, crowdsourcing against the illicit antiquities trade, a Q&A with LA Times reporter, co-author of Chasing Aphrodite, and founder of WikiLoot about the project, and how he hopes it will help fight the illicit antiquities trade.

Archaeology and Community: Experiences in the Azraq Oasis by Alison Damick and Ahmad Lash discusses the development of the Azraq Community Archaeology Program, the process of including local communities in the archaeological process and overcoming misconceptions about archaeology.

From Destruction to Archaeology: the significance of “Operation Anchor” for the Cultural Heritage of Jaffa by Martin Peilstöcker looks at British destruction of  historic areas of Jaffa in the early 20th century and its effect on modern preservation in the city.

A builders’ heritage at Umm el-Jimal by Bert de Vries and Muaffaq Hazza looks at the Umm el-Jimal Projects’s preservation efforts and how they benefited from collaboration with local builders.

The Future of Our Past: New Technologies for New Audiences by Catherine Foster and Brian Brown introduces the Ancient Middle East Education and Research Institute (AMEERI) and plans to increase the study of the Ancient Near East in public education and media.

Outrage and the Plight of Cultural Heritage: an Outsider’s Perspective by Elena Corbett is a trenchant critique of colonialism in modern Western concerns about the cultural heritage of the Middle East.

Contested Heritage and the New Museum(s) in Diyarbakır by Laurent Dissard looks at two museums in the southeastern Turkish city Diyarbakır, one a new, modern archaeology museum under development and the second a museum for dengbêjs, Kurdish storytellers, where living cultural heritage is preserved.

The Terms of Heritage by Kathryn McDonnell gives us an overview of some terms and concepts commonly used in discussions of cultural heritage, bringing up questions about the terms we use and how we use them.

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