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July 20, 2019

"The Silk Road is likely to emerge as the most ambitious and expansive international cooperation program for heritage preservation ever undertaken"

For thousands of years, extensive trade networks crisscrossed the great expanse of Eurasia between ancient Chinese empires...

June 6, 2018

“An Incredibly Detailed Map of Medieval Trade Routes”

For thousands of years, extensive trade networks crisscrossed the great expanse of Eurasia between ancient Chinese empires and the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean. Known by historians as the Silk Road, th...

May 12, 2018

Perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Silk Roads has been their role in bringing cultures and peoples in contact with each other, and facilitating exchange between them.

For thousands of years, extensive trade networks crisscrossed the great expanse of Eurasia between...

June 20, 2017

Much global attention on the destruction of heritage in the Islamic world has focused on the intentional destruction of ancient sites in Syria by ISIS, the destruction of the giant Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban, and other sordid practices. A new book available...

January 2, 2017

Using a technique called "full-field photoluminiscence," researchers were able to gain insight into the manufacturing process used to a 6,000 year-old amulet from an archaeological site in Pakistan. The amulet appears to have been constructed using a process called "lo...

January 2, 2017

Global trade policies have been subject to extensive debate of late, particularly with regard to the recent US presidential campaign. But global trade is nothing new, even if ancient civilizations did not realize the full extent of the globe during their time on earth....

October 9, 2016

While foreign visitors find it difficult to travel to Tibet, domestic visitors from China are visiting the mountainous region in increasing numbers. But are Chinese developers, in an attempt to accommodate this onslaught, protecting Tibetan culture heritage or giving i...

September 25, 2016

Various scientific fields have contributed to the development of modern techniques to conserve and restore heritage sites, whether of wood, stone, steel or glass, or some intricate  combination of materials. Unfortunately, these new techniques were not employed on this...

September 25, 2016

A small population of just 1,000 people, in a city of 1.5 billion, work to preserve the modern-day heritage of this ancient Jewish lineage in China. Despite government pressures against these activities, the history of this "distinctively Chinese strain of Judaism" can...

September 7, 2016

Heritage trees may mark important events, be associated with important individuals, or may simply gain heritage status due to their age. One tree in Pakistan gained its notoriety by being “arrested” in 1898. While the Banyan tree was not likely to escape, it still is h...

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