World Heritage Day Symposium Twitter Recap

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World Heritage Day—Protecting, Preserving, and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of the Near East to the Public

ASOR and AIA (The Archaeological Institute of America), in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution and The George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute, commemorated International Day for Monuments and Sites (also called World Heritage Day) at the Ring Auditorium at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution on Monday, April 18, 8:30AM-12:30PM.

The symposium reported on efforts to document, protect, and preserve cultural heritage sites in the Near East, and built upon conversations started at a NEH-funded summit held by AIA and ASOR in Washington in December. Topics included assessing the damage suffered by Near Eastern cultural heritage sites imperiled by conflict and by looting; technological strategies for documenting and preserving the cultural heritage record; and conservation projects, especially those that engage local communities and stakeholders.


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