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January 22, 2015

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Participants in a hands-on exercise during “First Aid to Cultural Built Heritage in Syria,” ©DGAM

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) reported last month that 290 Syrian cultural heritage sites have been damaged since fighting broke out in the country in 2011.

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January 7, 2015

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Cerro Sechín and the 2014 Watch: An Opportunity for Change

Posted by Dr. Ivan Ghezzi, Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológicas
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In Andean prehistory, Cerro Sechín represents the link between the Kotosh religious tradition (2500–200 B.C.) and Chavin civilization (800–200 B.C.).

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January 6, 2015

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In Memoriam: Ricardo Porro

Posted by Norma Barbacci, Program Director for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Ricardo Porro, center, with National Art School architects Roberto Gottardi (l),
Ricardo Porro, center, with National Art School architects Roberto Gottardi (l), and Vittorio Garatti (r)

I met Ricardo Porro in June 2002 in Cuba, during a visit of the National Art Schools in Cubanacán, Havana, during an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture international conference. Porro led the visit to his schools of plastic arts and modern dance, which were the only ones of the five schools completed in 1965 and in current use.

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December 17, 2014

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Stabilizing Przysucha Synagogue in Poland

Posted by Monika Krawczyk, CEO, Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland
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East elevation of the synagogue after restoration, 2014

Seven years ago the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ) became the owner of the eighteenth-century synagogue in Przysucha, a small town between Krakow and Warsaw. In 2009, FODZ began efforts to revitalize the historic building in order to serve the needs of visiting Jewish groups and the local community.

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December 15, 2014

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World Monuments Watch Day: Shikarpoor Enlivens to Renewed Pride and Raised Hopes

Posted by Dr. Anila Naeem, Professor & Co-Chairperson, Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University of Engineering and Technology
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World Monuments Fund’s initiative of celebrating heritage with local communities at 2014 Watch sites sparked a renewed sense of pride and hope among residents of Shikarpoor and its community of heritage supporters.

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