Military architecture, whether designed as stand-alone structures or incorporated into fortified towns, has engendered its own field of studies. The cultural landscapes of battlefields also have been a focus of archaeologists and military historians. Read the International Heritage News Network about some of the most important military campaigns and battles throughout history!

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August 29, 2017

Numerous ancient and historic sites dot the English landscape, from megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge to elaborate country houses. One of the best-known features of the landscape is Hadrian’s Wall, which was constructed beginning in 122 AD at the northwest fronti...

July 3, 2017

In 1954, the Hague Convention was developed largely in response to the recognition of the vast destruction of cultural property across Europe during World War II. The First Protocol was adopted in 1954 and the Second Protocol was adopted in 1999. Although the United St...

June 19, 2017

Historic preservation in the United States originated with the desire of local concerned citizens to save important examples of architecture, such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the extraordinary homes along the water in historic Charleston, South Carolina. To...

June 15, 2017

Charleston, South Carolina is most known for its well-preserved architecture spreading across the southern end of the city peninsula that juts into Charleston Harbor. Of course, many also think of the first shots fired in the US Civil War at Fort Sumter, directly acros...

March 31, 2017

The destruction of cultural heritage sites is now a new type of international war crime!

March 9, 2017

Archaeologists working in northeastern Germany discovered evidence of a brutal Bronze Age battle on the banks of the Tollense River. The remains of at least five horses and 100 men, together with numerous weapons, were identified with numerous other remains still left...

March 2, 2017

In the 21st century, numerous examples have attracted global attention and alarm of the destruction of heritage sites in areas of armed conflict—both as intentional acts and as collateral damage. A new branch of archaeology has developed—conflict archaeology—to look at...

January 31, 2017

Initiated in 1949 as the Ministry of Works to help protect historic structures, the English government converted the organization to a new entity called English Heritage in 1983.  In 2015, English Heritage received an investment of £80 million, which some hoped would l...

January 24, 2017

Recent archaeological excavations at the "once-bustling port town of Gloucester Town" in Virginia has produced extensive new information on the American Revolutionary War. Gloucester County has a long and storied history, beginning with the Powhatan Confederacy's capit...

November 11, 2016

Collectors of rare books and manuscripts often have to go to great lengths—and great expense—to obtain their targets of interest. The State Library of Virginia, however, tried a different approach when seeking documents to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end o...

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