A compilation of media articles on heritage topics. Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.
- Should shipwrecks be left alone?
BBC, United Kingdom
It is 10 years since a deal to protect the world's thousands of shipwrecks, but the UK and several other major maritime powers are yet to ratify it. Should this underwater heritage be protected or is it acceptable to plunder?
- EU Calls for Digitization of Cultural Heritage
Wall Street Journal, United States
The European Commission told the European Union's 27 member states to step up efforts to transfer cultural works into digital formats to preserve them for the future, as film stock, old books and vinyl records risk disappearing with the passage of time.
- Many layers of cultural heritage
Sometimes it’s surprising what you can see with fresh eyes. Upon arriving at Incheon International Airport after a trip abroad, I’ve noticed that Seoul can look different, new and even exotic.
- Shipwreck may be part of Kublai Khan's lost fleet
In Japanese legend they are known as The Kamikaze -- the divine winds -- a reference to two mighty typhoons placed providentially seven years apart which, in the 13th century, destroyed two separate Mongol invasion fleets so large they were not eclipsed until the D-Day landings of World War II.
- Effort to Turn Hanoi Bridge into Museum Sparks Controversy
Voice of America, United States
A heated debate surrounds the future of a landmark prized as a symbol of stoicism during the Vietnam War. A plan to turn one of Hanoi’s most iconic landmarks, the Long Bien Bridge, into the world’s longest contemporary art museum has sparked controversy in Vietnam.
- Libya: Meeting on safeguarding Libya’s cultural heritage
Afrique en ligne
UNESCO has invited experts from both sides of the Libyan conflict as well as from outside of Libya to urgently examine the preservation of the cultural heritage in the north African country, according to a UNESCO press statement issued here Tuesday.
- Restored Citadel is Symbol of Hope in Afghanistan
Fox News, United States
In the 1970s, tourists traveled to western Afghanistan to climb on the ruins of an ancient citadel, a fortress resembling a sandcastle that has stood overlooking the city of Herat for thousands of years.
- Finding Archimedes in the Shadows
New York Times, United States
An ancient volume of Archimedes, at one point used as a prayer book, is restored and on view at the Walters Art Museum.
- Suzhou: China's Venice of the East
The Times of India
It is called China's Venice of the East for its beautiful waterways and enchanting gardens and is fast emering as one of most popular tourist destinations in China.
- 100,000-Year-Old Paint Kits Unearthed in South Africa
International Business Times
A recent Archaeological discovery is changing the way people look at art or painting. Researchers have unearthed ancient painting kits in a South African cave, which was used 100,000 years ago in order to make, mix and also to stock up ochre.
- Nomad museum brings Pompidou art to provinces
Fourteen modern masterpieces sat in a field, hours from the nearest big city: Paris' Pompidou Centre hits the road Thursday with a nomad museum project aimed at taking art out to the people.
- Iraq wants its heritage returned
The National, United Arab Emirates
Iraq is still striving to recover thousands of antiquities plundered from its museums and archaeological sites, as the war-torn country aims to develop its tourism industry to help rebuild its economy.
- Bridging Cultures
Sultanate’s culture of openness and tolerance was very much in evidence as the allure of ‘Omani Cultural Days,’ an exhibition of traditional art and culture, drew a large number of visitors in Sydney.
- World Heritage listing has its price
News that Iwate Prefecture's historic Hiraizumi area and the Ogasawara Islands would be added to UNESCO's World Heritage List last June lifted the spirits of residents in the Tohoku region after the March 11 quake-tsunami trauma.
5 November, 2011