A compilation of media articles on heritage topics. Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.
- Kathmandu architect chronicles dying culture
Times of Oman
It is said that the medieval era never really ended in Nepal, its historic towns and architectural jewels blessed by an unbroken continuity of life and ritual that links the present with the past.
- Czech archaeologists discover long-lost temple in Sudan
Prague Daily Monitor, Czech Republic
Czech archaeologists have found a long lost temple from the Meroe period near the town of Vad Bon Naga in Sudan, Pavel Onderka, from Prague's Naprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, told journalists yesterday.
- New museums in Libya reflect war experience
Washington Post, United States
Eight months after revolutionaries took control of Misurata, a strategic and bloody battlefield in Libya’s uprising against former leader Moammar Gaddafi, people are going about their lives once more.
- Ancient Greek sites could soon be available for rent
In a move bound to leave many Greeks and scholars aghast, Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday it will open up some of the debt-stricken country's most-cherished archaeological sites to advertising firms and other ventures.
- Afghan calligrapher creates world's largest Koran
Chicago Tribune, United States
An Afghan calligrapher has worked for five years to create the world's biggest Koran, a bid to show the world that Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war.
- 'Get people into your museums'
The Times of India
Indian museums badly need overhauling and who better than the director of British Museum, Neil MacGregor, to help do it.
- Yemen failing to protect historic buildings in Sanaa
The National, United Arab Emirates
The Old City of Sanaa is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, but its spectacular centuries-old rammed earth and burnt brick buildings are disappearing.
- This mural should be a living work
The Art Newspaper
Arts Victoria is applying to carry out conservation work on Keith Haring’s last surviving large-scale mural in Australia. This has prompted protest from many who call for the mural to be repainted in accordance with the late artist’s wishes, rather than being preserved in its current state.
- Redevelopment akin to rewriting history
The announcement on Dec. 29 by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) that around 44,000 of China's 766,722 registered heritage sites had disappeared reflects the complex challenge of balancing economic development with cultural preservation.
- Il n'y a pas que le volcan qui menace le site
Le Monde, France
Amoureuse de Pompéi - pour y avoir travaillé quatre ans - Patrizia Nitti, directrice artistique du Musée Maillol, a décidé de braquer les projecteurs sur la petite ville antique, classée sur la liste du Patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco et dont les vestiges sont menacés, pour aiguiser "l'intérêt du public".
- Picasso stolen from Athens' National Gallery
A Pablo Picasso painting gifted to Greece by the Spanish-born master was stolen from Athens' National Gallery early Monday with two other important artworks, prompting scorn from the Greek police minister.
- Using Modern Tools to Reconstruct Ancient Life
New York Times, United States
To the naked eye, the white, powdery substance appeared to be plaster. That’s what the professional and volunteer archaeologists at a dig in Israel concluded.
- Ancient temple restored 107 years after quake
Gulf News, United Arab Emirates
A 400-year-old Hindu temple in Himachal Pradesh that had been partly damaged more than a century ago in a devastating earthquake has been reconstructed in its original style and will be open to the public later this month
- Aspiring artist "breaks into" museum, displays painting
CBS News, United States
Polish art student Andrzej Sobiepan didn't want to wait decades for his work to appear in museums. So he took matters into his own hands, secretly hanging one of his paintings in a major gallery.
- On shaky ground?
The Art Newspaper
The ever present threat of earthquakes to Italy's cultural heritage is the target of an initiative by Arcus, the commercial arm of the ministry of culture, set up by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
- Italy allows Unesco into Pompeii
The Art Newspaper
A Unesco report has identified serious problems with the World Heritage Site, including structural damage to buildings, vandalism and a lack of qualified staff.
- More Artefacts Call For More Conservators
The country is abundant with valuable artefacts of historical value that need to be preserved. The responsibility is held by a museum conservator. However, conservators are a rare breed in Malaysia.
- Protecting Libya’s heritage
NATO Press release
Libya boasts a rich cultural heritage; Palaeolithic rock paintings, Greek and Roman ruins and ancient desert oases. These historic treasures, including six UNESCO World Heritage sites, have suffered years of neglect and most recently the perils of conflict.
- Dispatches from UCL Qatar
The Guardian, United Kingdom
Doha, Qatar: UCL expects to attract new students to its overseas campus by offering courses that no other university in the Gulf region offers.
1 February, 2012