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On the final day of our visit to Bafut, we drove up into the green rolling hills of the Cameroon Highlands that surround the town to visit the Prespot tile factory. Conservation at the palace has so far focused on re-roofing the Queen's houses. As the most visible aspect of the intervention, the appearance of the new tiles is all-important. Only concrete tiles could be sourced in local markets, which were too heavy and not a bit like the originals.
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Blog post | October 13, 2010

Chum Bennh, or Ancestors Day

Last week our Cambodian colleagues celebrated the beginning of Chum Bennh, or Ancestors Day, the most important holiday in Cambodia after the Khmer New Year. They celebrated at Angkor Wat with a small party before having three days off to worship their ancestors with their families.
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Blog post | October 05, 2010

Taos Pueblo: Cause for Celebration

On Friday and Saturday, September 17-18, 2010, <a href="/project/taos-pueblo">Taos Pueblo</a> commemorated the 40th anniversary of the return of Blue Lake and its surrounding land to the pueblo community. Amy Freitag, WMF's Director of US Programs, WMF consultant Mary Kay Judy, and I attended the events and met with the governor and secretary of Taos Pueblo to discuss WMF's project in collaboration with the Pueblo.
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Behind the Achum Shrine are houses used by secret societies run by the priests in the traditional religion of the Bafut people. Each priest is responsible for a different spiritual realm. My colleague, Raymond Asombang, holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from London University and is an eminent professor in Cameroon.
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I travelled recently to Bafut in Cameroon to inspect the ongoing conservation work at <a href="/project/bafut-palace">Bafut Palace</a>. Put on the Watch in 2006, the palace was in a critical condition. Many of the original tiled roofs had collapsed or were badly decayed.
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Blog post | August 15, 2010

Update on Teatro Capitólio

During a May 2009 visit to New York, members of Citizens for Capit&oacute;lio, a Lisbon-based watchdog group which has campaigned for Teatro Capit&oacute;lio (1925-31) in Lisbon, took the opportunity to call in at World Monuments Fund, which had placed the building on their 2006 Watch list of endangered sites.
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