Katie Paul and Justine Benanty, founders of ArchaeoVentures, launch today a weekly online video series to advance women in science beyond the stereotypes to feature lively dialogue on current scientific archeological research both in the ground and underwater and in environments with increasingly global political, humanitarian, and environmental challenges. An Anthropologist and Archaeologist, Paul, … Continue reading
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A Filmmaker’s Mirror in Ramallah
A filmmaker’s mirror unravels a carefully choreographed script in a political paradigm bubble with the skill of introspection and unvarnished extropection.
Buthina Canaan Khoury, a news camerawoman and documentary filmmaker, is embarking on the first film of the first film co-production agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and Palestine to co-produce with a British film producer her first fiction film, Green Almonds, telling the story of a family returning home to Palestine. Continue reading
Cairo: Protectors of Egyptian Monuments
A team of twenty Egyptologists stand between looted artifacts and the black market in times of quiet and crisis.
With round the clock surveillance and intervention at Cairo Airport, Egyptian men and women work side by side to ensure that any artifact older than 100 years does not leave the country. Since January 25, 2011 more than 30 attempts have been blocked with seized artifacts returned to the proper antiquity protectorate. Continue reading
Ingenuity: Cards to Protect Cultural Heritage in War, Conflict & Galleries
One of the many paradoxes of war is destruction with simultaneous protection of civilians and cultural heritage. We know the political figures and weapons of war and see photographs in the press of anonymous bloody lifeless corpses twisted in the wreckage of urban settings. How can one possibly think of cultural heritage with so much human suffering. Yet, cultural monuments are targeted, pillaged, looted, destroyed all too often.
Cultural heritage is for the survivors, the future, world knowledge and ultimately, a record of human accomplishments.
World Heritage Day is April 18th. What will you do to help protect cultural heritage? Continue reading
Parthenon Marbles: Who Owns the Patrimony of Human Kind with Dr. Gary Vikan
When least expected, an answer comes forward that goes beyond a country’s claim, international law and suggests there is a global sense of decency when addressing cultural heritage and patrimony. Dr. Gary Vikan, during one of his last public lectures as the director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and completely not related to the topic of his lecture on his upcoming book on the Shroud of Turin, was asked, “Should the Elgin Marbles be returned?” Continue reading