To House Refugees, Lviv Wants to Make Beautiful Buildings That Last

The Ukrainian city’s distinctive architecture has made it a world heritage site. Its architects are trying to balance aesthetics with sustainability as it prepares for a long war.

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In Senegal’s Former Capital, a Colonial Statue in Hiding Is No Longer Welcome

The city of Saint-Louis was shaped by Louis Faidherbe, a French governor who also led brutal military campaigns in West Africa. What to do with his legacy has divided Senegal.

#colonization, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #saint-louis-senegal, #senegal, #world-heritage-sites

A Long Walk Through Japan’s Kii Peninsula

As is true throughout rural Japan, many of the once-vibrant villages on Honshu’s Kii Peninsula are aging into nothingness.

#agriculture-and-farming, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #honshu-japan, #mountains, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

Bust From the Met Museum, Said to Be Looted, Is Returned to Libya

Investigators said the sculpture, a depiction of a veiled woman, had been stolen decades ago from a temple at Cyrene, which was once part of ancient Greece.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #greek-civilization, #libya, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #sculpture, #world-heritage-sites

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Suffers 6th Mass Bleaching Event

This year offers a disturbing first: mass bleaching in a year of La Niña. The grim milestone points to the continued threat of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

#coral, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #reefs, #world-heritage-sites

Poland Wins European Tree of the Year After Russia Is Banned

After Russia was banned from the European Tree of the Year competition, organizers reflected on how a celebration of trees became tangled up in global politics.

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In Ukraine’s West, Lviv Makes Itself a Vital Rear Base

Spared direct attacks so far, the city has become a transit point for thousands of fleeing refugees and for men and supplies headed to the front lines.

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Climate change is expected to hit heritage sites across Africa

Image of archeological ruins as the oceanside.

Enlarge / Tipasa, a Roman site in Algeria, faces a high risk from sea-level rise. (credit: Ethel Davies)

Climate change is poised to impact not just our present but our history as well. According to the IUCN, climate change has now become “the most prevalent threat” to heritage sites around the world. Many wealthy countries like the United States have data about what’s likely to be impacted, but other parts of the world are facing a dearth of information on this issue.

New work performed by an international team of 11 researchers across various disciplines aims to address this lack of data for the continent of Africa. The team identified hundreds of sites with cultural importance and compared their locations to where future sea-level rise flooding and erosion is expected to occur in the future. “If you have erosion, you’re more likely to have flooding, and vice versa,” Joanne Clarke, a professor of archaeology at the University of East Anglia and one of the authors, told Ars.

Clarke noted that this information could be used to help protect the sites and better understand which parts of the continent need more protection. Further, she argued that the ways in which we look at the issue of climate change and heritage sites is skewed toward wealthier parts of the world, which are better able to manage the worst of the world’s shifting climate.

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#africa, #climate-change, #ramsar, #science, #unesco, #world-heritage-sites

Japan Wants to Showcase Gold Mines’ History. Just Not All of It.

A bid for a UNESCO World Heritage designation is the latest flash point between Japan and South Korea over Japanese colonial abuses during World War II.

#forced-labor, #japan, #mines-and-mining, #south-korea, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Biden Plans to Bar New Drilling Around a Major Native American Cultural Site

After years of tribal requests, the president plans to block new oil and gas leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. The ban is likely to generate strong pushback from industry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #chaco-culture-national-historical-park-new-mexico, #drilling-and-boring, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #haaland-deb, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-department, #native-americans, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-heritage-sites

This Pristine Beach Is One of Japan’s Last. Soon It Will Be Filled With Concrete.

In rural Japan, the unstoppable forces of nature meet the immovable determination of the construction state. Can this village survive?

#coast-erosion, #japan, #oceans-and-seas, #rural-areas, #typhoons, #world-heritage-sites

Agony and Ecstasy on the Scottish Archipelago of St. Kilda

The 85-mile boat ride through rough seas left some of us huddling in discomfort. But the scenery on the remote and windswept islands was otherworldly.

#atlantic-ocean, #boats-and-boating, #great-britain, #hebrides-islands-great-britain, #islands, #isle-of-skye-scotland, #oceans-and-seas, #scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #world-heritage-sites

What Happens When the Last Jew Leaves Afghanistan

Stories about the end of diversity aren’t charming. 

#afghanistan, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #tripoli-libya, #world-heritage-sites

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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Out of Storage and Onto Walls, the Uffizi Spreads Its Brand

The gallery in Florence is lending artworks from its depots to smaller towns throughout Tuscany, increasing their appeal and strengthening its ties to the region.

#art, #italy, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #schmidt-eike-d, #tuscany-italy, #uffizi-gallery, #world-heritage-sites

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.

#coral, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #reefs, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

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.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-heritage-sites

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.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

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.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #deserts, #giza-egypt, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #khartoum-sudan, #nile-river, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #travel-and-vacations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

How to Pretend You’re in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, Today

You might not be able to travel on spring break this year, but you can immerse yourself in Maya culture from home.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #mayans, #music, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #riviera-maya-mexico, #sinkholes, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

In Beleaguered Babylon, Doing Battle Against Time, Water and Modern Civilization

The ancient city of Babylon is a World Heritage Site, but it faces threats old and new. As some of its walls crumble, preservationists are fighting to preserve the past.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #babylon-iraq, #restoration-and-renovation, #world-heritage-sites, #world-monuments-fund

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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Mount Kilimanjaro Fires Threaten a Diverse Ecosystem

Strong winds and dry weather have hampered efforts to extinguish the spreading blaze on Africa’s highest peak.

#fires-and-firefighters, #mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania, #tanzania, #wildfires, #world-heritage-sites

Vivid Street Scenes From Salvador, Brazil

After living for nearly half a decade in the capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia, a photographer offers an intimate look at a city where the act of celebration is indelibly ingrained.

#bahia-brazil, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #carnival-pre-lenten, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #politics-and-government, #salvador-brazil, #slavery-historical, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

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.

#ataturk-kemal, #byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #francis, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-convention, #world-heritage-sites

Monsoons Slam South Asia, Displacing Millions in Bangladesh and India

Flooding in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar and Nepal has killed scores of people, destroyed homes and structures, drowned entire villages, and forced many to crouch on rooftops hoping for rescue.

#bangladesh, #bhutan, #floods, #india, #monsoons, #myanmar, #nepal, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #world-heritage-sites

Turkish Court Clears Way for Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again

The decision to revoke its 80-year-old status as a museum would allow it to become a place of worship but is likely to provoke an international furor.

#byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #istanbul-turkey, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #world-heritage-sites

New Neolithic Finds Near Stonehenge Site

The finding of a circle of trenches at a nearby ancient village also makes the site the largest prehistoric structure in Britain and possibly in Europe, one archaeologist said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #stonehenge-england, #world-heritage-sites