Religious sites and cemeteries are grouped together here because of the burial ceremonies (and burial architecture) reflected the religious beliefs of past societies. Read the International Heritage News Network to see 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!

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December 25, 2018

The 1833 illustration of the interior of the Church of the Nativity is in the public domain The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was inscribed on the World

June 1, 2018

"Egyptian officials had claimed in 2015 that there was a "90 percent" chance that something was behind the walls of Tutankhamen's tomb."

Few archaeological discoveries have sparked such immense public interest as that of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter. Born 18...

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...

November 20, 2017

In 2001, the US Congress authorized the US Department of State to award grants through American embassies to support cultural heritage preservation in other countries. The US Congress stated that  “Cultural preservation offers an opportunity to show a different America...

November 16, 2017

"arms and armor, horse and chariot fittings, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics" - VMFA Exhibit

In 1974, one of the most exciting discoveries in the history of archaeology was made outside of Xi’an in the Sh...

September 29, 2017

The 16th-century Nuestro Señora de los Remedios in Choluloa, Puebla, Mexico lost two of its domes (2009 photo above by Gerardo Noriega is shared here under CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Western Hemisphere has been subject to extensive damage wrought by a recent spate of hurricanes...

September 2, 2017

The Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Lady of the Cathedral at Chartres, has been luring large numbers of Christian pilgrims to Chartres, France, since the current structure was built between 1194 and 1220. The current structure, a World Heritage site since 1979, i...

August 2, 2017

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology have been excavating a burial ground site in London that was the final resting place for “plague victims, religious dissenters, and poor people” beginning in the 1500s. A particular burial from the early 18th century...

July 29, 2017

The Georgetown neighborhood of what is now Washington, DC was founded as a port town 40 years before the nation’s capital was formed. Located on the north bank of the Potomac River just below the fall line at Great Falls, the town quickly became a successful business a...

July 25, 2017

The Roman Empire ruled the southern half of what is now the island of Great Britain from 43 to 410 AD. During this occupation, the Romans founded or greatly expanded numerous settlements, including Londinium, or what is today London, shortly after the Roman invasion of...

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