International Heritage News Network
Sharing news from around the world about our natural and cultural heritage, focusing on conservation, restoration, threats from human actions, natural disasters, ground-breaking research on our global past, innovative techniques for discovery, and technological advances .
Welcome to the International Heritage News Network - your source for news from around the world about our natural and cultural heritage. Search through the categories below, updated regularly, for new discoveries, new technologies, and new threats and challenges regarding our global heritage! The International Heritage News Network was developed to bring together articles and information from around the world on developments in the study and protection of our natural and cultural heritage. The opinions expressed in the introductory editorials of each blog post are those of the International Heritage News Network.
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The earliest "archaeologists" perhaps were ancient tomb raiders seeking to retrieve buried treasure. In recent centuries, the discipline has developed into a high-tech scientific discipline studying past human societies through the physical remains they left behind, particularly those that lie on or below ground or submerged underwater. See these articles on recent archaeological discoveries! Go to the Archaeology Blog >
Early humans sought protection from the elements in natural formations, such as caves and rock dwellings. Since then, elaborate structures have filled the cities and landscapes of civilizations around the globe, from the pyramids in Egypt to the Great Wall of China, from Machu Picchu to mansions of Charleston. See how architects, urban planners, and others preserve these structures! Go to the Architecture Blog >
According to some researchers, urbanization has been underway throughout civilizations across the globe for more than 6,000 years. By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, it is estimated that nearly 50% of the world's population live in urban areas. Some of these historic cities are represented primarily in the archaeological record,. Others are represented in the historic centers of sprawling modern cities. Read about efforts to preserve historic cities! Go to the Historic Cities Blog >
The world's natural landscapes are increasingly threatened, as are incredible landscapes that resulted from centuries of cultural use—such as the rice terraces of the Philippines or the cliff-side vineyards of Italy's Cinque Terra. And numerous designed landscapes derive from former estates and public parks. Read how protecting parks and landscapes has its own unique challenges! Go to the Parks & Landscapes Blog>
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 about some of the most historically important military campaigns and battles throughout history! Go to the Military Forts & Battlefields Blog>
The cave paintings at Lascaux in France indicate early humans already were developing various methods of interior design 20,000 years ago. Over the millennia, architects and artists across civilizations developed ornate interior design by decorating floors , ceilings, and walls with mosaics, murals, and frescoes in churches, civic buildings, and the elaborate estates of the elite! Go to the Mosaics, Murals, and Frescoes Blog >
Religious sites and cemeteries, while not always related physically, are grouped together here because of the burial ceremonies (and burial architecture) reflected the religious beliefs of past societies. Read how the importance of religion in many societies is often best illustrated in the elaborate religious architecture and burial ceremonies undertaken, both of which require specific research and conservation techniques!
Modern day tourism has its origin in the rediscovery of the ancient ruins of Greece and Rome by 17th- and 18th-century northern Europeans. Le Grand Tour was a rite of passage for the elite to gain education in the art, architecture, philosophy, language, of these formerly great civilizations, By 2015, international tourism increased to a record 1.2 billion people worldwide! Go to the Travel & Tourism Blog>
The World Heritage Convention was first adopted in 1972 as a means to honor and protect some of the most valued examples of the natural and built environment across the globe. By 2016, more than 1,000 natural and cultural landscapes, individual architectural masterpieces, and historic centers across the world have been designated as World Heritage sites.The protection of World Heritage sites presents its own unique challenges! Go to the World Heritage Blog >
In recent decades, scientific consensus has predicted dire effects from global climate change, much of which is being caused by human action, such as the burning of fossil fuels. Cultural heritage sites across the world are act like canaries in the coal mine" in that heritage sites that have endured for hundreds even thousands of years are now being threatened by a rise in sea level, increased drought (which leads to more extensive natural fires), and human conflict caused by displacement! Go to Climate Change >