Taliban Vows to Protect Afghan Cultural Heritage, but Fears Persist

The director of the national museum in Kabul said Taliban guards have been posted there, but cultural preservationists still recall the destruction of prior years.

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UNESCO Mosul Competition Design Prompts Outcry

The restoration is seen as essential to the idea that the Iraqi city has moved on from ISIS. But some critics say the plan betrays Iraq’s heritage.

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U.N. Says Great Barrier Reef Is ‘in Danger.’ Australia Bitterly Disagrees.

UNESCO has called on the government to quickly mitigate the effects of climate change on the natural wonder and tourist destination, but officials say they are already doing plenty.

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Fleeing a Modern War, Syrians Seek Refuge in Ancient Ruins

So many people have fled to Syria’s crowded northwest that families have settled in important archaeological sites. “We, too, have become ruins.”

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A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

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Italy Bans Cruise Liners From Venice Lagoon, With a Catch

Though environmental groups praised the decision to detour big ships outside the fragile area, they are concerned about plans to temporarily dock them at Marghera, the lagoon’s industrial hub.

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Glimpses of Sudan’s Forgotten Pyramids

Desecrated by plunderers, threatened by floodwaters and largely overshadowed by their Egyptian counterparts, Sudan’s ancient archaeological sites may finally be poised to receive broader recognition.

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‘Special and Beautiful’ Whistled Language Echoes Around This Island

On a jagged island in the Canary archipelago, a whistling language known as “Silbo Gomero” is still in use thanks to mandatory classes for schoolchildren.

#canary-islands, #language-and-languages, #spain, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization

When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

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A New Front Opens in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Borscht

“A lot of things were taken away from Ukraine, but they will not take our borscht,” said a chef who is leading a drive to recognize the soup as a Ukrainian cultural heritage.

#borscht, #russia, #soups, #ukraine, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Cat Figure Found at Nazca Lines in Peru

Archaeologists came across the faded feline outline while conducting maintenance work at the UNESCO heritage site.

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The Hagia Sophia Was a Cathedral, a Mosque and a Museum. It’s Converting Again.

Changing the secular space back into a religious one is a risk for the World Heritage site.

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