Heritage News from the Media : August 2013

Heritage News from the Media : August 2013
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30 August

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29 August

  • Archaeologists race against neglect, urban sprawl to preserve Gaza’s ancient ruins
    The Vancouver Sun, Canada
    The ruins of this ancient complex sit on dunes by the sea, a world away from Gaza City’s noise and bustle. Up in the sky, birds compete for space with children’s kites flying from a nearby farm.
  • “Stop the destruction!” urges UNESCO Director-General
    Media Services, UNESCO
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called on all parties involved in the conflict in Syria to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage and take all possible measures to avoid further destruction. The Director-General’s appeal followed a meeting of experts held at the Organization’s Headquarters today to examine  an action plan aimed at preventing further losses and repairing damage where and when it will be possible.

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26 August

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22 August

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21 August

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20 August

  • Egypt’s Devastating Museum Looting Latest Casualty
    Yahoo News
    As violent clashes roiled Egypt, looters made away with a prized 3,500-year-old limestone statue, ancient beaded jewelry and more than 1,000 other artifacts in the biggest theft to hit an Egyptian museum in living memory.
  • Archaeologists race to save Gaza’s ancient ruins
    Sci-Tech Today
    Short of funds and unable to find sufficient trained local staff, archaeologists in Gaza say they are scrambling to find and protect the monuments that comprise many archaeological treasures scattered across this coastal territory. Gaza is one of the most crowded places on earth, and the rapid spread of its urban sprawl is endangering sites spanning 4,500 years.

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18 August

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17 August

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16 August

  • Prophet Abraham’s lost city found in Turkey’s Kilis
    Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey
    Archaeologists trumpet the discovery of a lost city in Kilis that contains evidence that Prophet Abraham was once one of its residents. The province’s Oylum tumulus has also yielded coins from Alexander the Great

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14 August

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12 August

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11 August

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10 August

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9 August

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7 August

  • Temple of Apollo to be excavated again
    Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey
    Restoration and excavation works have begun at the Apollo Temple in the Aegean province of Aydın’s Didim district. The excavations continue with the support of Germany’s Halle University, İzmir University and the German Archeology Institute. The excavations will continue for 4 weeks.

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6 August

  • Bahrain history slowly rises from sands
    The Daily Star, Lebanon
    SAAR, Bahrain: More than 4,000 years ago, Dilmun merchants traveled from Mesopotamiata the Indus River, titans of trade and culture before the rise of the empires of the Persians or the Ottomans.

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5 August

  • Centuries-old temples revived in Turkey’s ancient city of side
    Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey
    Archaeological excavations are continuing for a fifth year in the ancient city of Side in the southern province of Antalya. This year, the area’s temples are the focus of excavations amid plans to turn the area into an open-air museum, which will be a new attraction place for tourists

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4 August

  • Vanishing Treasures: Tomb Raiders Exploit Chaos in Egypt
    ABC, United States
    Egypt’s cultural heritage is in danger. Grave robbers, sometimes heavily armed, are taking advantage of political chaos to plunder its poorly guarded archaeological sites. Authorities feel powerless to stop them and fear that ancient treasures might be lost forever.

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3 August