WMF Journal


May 27, 2013

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The Impressive, Inspiring Nalatale Ruins of Zimbabwe at Risk

Posted by Chris Dunbar, Nominator of Nalatale
World Monuments Fund

My relationship with Nalatale Ruins started in 2010 while I was on a return trip to the country of my birth. As the old saying goes: you don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone, or in this case I didn’t realise the fantastic places I could visit until they were no longer easy to visit!

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May 21, 2013

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Preparing for the Future at Quarr Abbey

Posted by Fr. Gregory Corcoran
World Monuments Fund

The Two Abbeys Project at Quarr on the Isle of Wight, U.K., has received a grant of £1.9M from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for which partnership funding in excess of £200K has to be found. This will enable essential consolidation work to be carried out in the ancient abbey ruins.

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May 13, 2013

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El Zotz: An Archaeological Gem in the Guatemalan Jungle

Posted by Dr. Thomas G. Garrison, Director, Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz, University of Southern California
World Monuments Fund

The archaeological site of El Zotz lies nestled in the San Miguel de la Palotada Biotope of northern Guatemala, less than a day’s walk from the grandiose ancient Maya city of Tikal. In antiquity, El Zotz was known as Pa’ Chan, or “fortified-sky,” and was occupied for over nine centuries between 300–1250 A.D.

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May 11, 2013

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WMF Participates in International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan

Posted by Gaetano Palumbo, Ph.D., Program Director, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia
World Monuments Fund

I was in Berlin to participate in the International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, which is held every three years and gathers archaeologists, historians, epigraphers, architects and conservators from all over the world.

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May 8, 2013

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Oshki Monastery’s History, Significance, and Current Challenges

Posted by Irene Giviashvili, Senior Researcher at Giorgi Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation and nominator of Oshki to the World Monuments Watch
Oshki
Oshki on the day of its foundation, 1,050 years later, April 7th, 2013. Photo: Buba Kudava

Oshki was an important monastic settlement in medieval times. Its architecture, its embellishment, books copied and produced here, all are part of the story of the powerful Georgian King David III Bagrationi. Architectural ideas realized at Oshki were transferred to Mount Athos shortly afterward by the same donors, and soon to the rest of the Georgian kingdom.

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