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Blog post | March 24, 2016

Restoration Continues at Garuda #39

Garuda #39, mock-up before final reassembly
Preah Khan temple at Angkor Archaeological Park is surrounded by 72 large carved Garudas, divine eagle-like beings that are the physical and symbolic protectors of the temple.
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On October 30, 2015, I took the newly completed electric train in Lima and after a short ride I left the chaos of the city behind and entered an oasis of peace, of the rest-in-peace kind that is. I could not think of a more appropriate place to visit on the eve of Halloween, than the Presbítero Maestro Cemetery-Museum, a 2006 World Monuments Watch site.
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Blog post | November 12, 2015

Stabilizing Babylon

The Babylon Conservation Action Group was formed by the Babylon Committee, who oversees the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) and World Monuments Fund partnership project.
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Blog post | November 12, 2015

Tools of the Trades

When my wife Laura Saeger and I were asked to become part of the World Monuments Fund team working to restore Shwe-nandaw Kyaung, Mandalay’s most prized monastery, we knew we would face some challenges, including understanding the ancient way of timber frame building in Myanmar, working with teak, a wood we were unfamiliar with, and working in an environment nearly 2000 miles closer to the equator than we have ever been before. What we hadn’t anticipated was just how difficult finding the tools of our trade, in this recently opened country, would be.
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Blog post | November 12, 2015

Keeping Babylon Clean is a Full-Time Job

Keeping Babylon clean is a full-time job, but with the ongoing war the Iraqi government has little to spare. Thanks to World Monuments Fund, a group of local villagers and I make progress to return Babylon to being a place of pride for all Iraqis, just as it was in my youth.
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Blog post | November 10, 2015

Documenting Babylon

Babylon’s main northern entrance, the Ishtar Gate, was the largest and most elaborate of the city’s gateways.
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Blog post | November 10, 2015

WMF Peru to Continue Work at Chankillo

WMF Peru signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Culture of Peru and the Municipality of Casma to develop a conservation and management plan for the archaeological site of Chankillo.
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Inauguration ceremony at Yemrehanna Kristos
WMF has received a grant from the U.S. State Department Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for a project at the church of Yemrehanna Kristos in Ethiopia, which was included on the 2014 World Monuments Watch.
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Blog post | November 06, 2015

Discovering Albi Cathedral

The exterior of Albi Cathedral (which some say might be the largest brick building in the world) is impressive and powerful and simple in its design but as soon as you see the decorative stone entry, you realize whomever built this also knew very fine stone carving techniques too.
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