GUARD Archaeologists, working on behalf of Angus Council in advance of the construction of two football pitches at Carnoustie in Angus in Scotland, have recently discovered a major addition to Scottish Late Bronze Age archaeology.
The edge of a gold decorated bronze spearhead was first spotted in a pit during excavations [...]
The Tlingit and Haida, indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast (NWC), have used carved wooden hooks to catch halibut for centuries. As modern fishing technology crept into use, however, the old hooks practically disappeared from the sea. But they thrived on land — as decorative art.
The hook's evolution from utilitarian [...]
Over the last 16 years between 2001 and 2016, the Netherlands supported the World Heritage activities through the Funds-in-Trust agreement. In January 2017, the agreement was extended for another 4 years, which will enter its 5th cycle of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust. A total amount of € 1.5 million (€375,000 annually) [...]
Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth's magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems in physics. The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet's core into outer space and was first recorded 180 years ago, has raised concern by some for the welfare [...]
A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the notion that Indian corn, or maize, was cultivated in this region hundreds of years before its widespread adoption [...]
Harta is a village located 100 km south of Budapest, Hungary on the banks of the River Danube, famed for its bespoke artisan craftsmanship, unique floral art and local village customs that sets it apart from the rest of Hungary.
The surrounding area of Harta shows evidence of occupation first dating [...]
Bournemouth University researchers are using new archaeological techniques and technologies to learn more about an iconic Islamic palace in Southern Spain.
Constructed in the mid-10th century, and abandoned in the 11th, the medieval palace city of Madinat al-Zahra showcased the prestige and power of the Islamic caliphate in Iberia. While much [...]
Africa is a tough place. It always has been. Especially if you have to fend off gigantic predators like sabre-toothed carnivores in order to survive. And, when you're a small, dog-sized pre-mammalian reptile, sometimes the only way to protect yourself against these monsters is to turn your saliva into a [...]
The site of Kent's Cavern is one of the most important early archaeological sites in the United Kingdom and caused a heated debate between palaeoanthropologists over the age of the KC4 fragment of human jaw in 2011. In 2017, a team of archaeologists re-assessed the archaeological sediments.
The Torquay Natural History [...]
Dr. Sarah Parcak, a space archaeologist has officially launched the GlobalXplorer: a citizen science and archaeology platform that's enlisting people around the world to discover sites unknown to modern archaeologists.
Dr. Parcak is the 2016 TED Prize winner, a National Geographic Fellow and professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. [...]
Preliminary works for a relief road in Lincolnshire have provided a fascinating glimpse into past Roman and Iron Age communities, settlements and landscapes in the area.
Since November, a team of more than 15 archaeologists has been carrying out investigations to ensure that any remains affected by the new road are [...]
The latest version of the World Heritage map, produced by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and National Geographic Maps with the generous support of Poland, can now be ordered from the World Heritage Centre website.
The featured image on the Map presents the Historic Centre of Kraków in Poland, country hosting [...]
The First Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) Partnership Meeting on "Future of Cultural Heritage and Diversity with International partners” was held on 8 February 2017 in Paris. Ms Mechtild Rössler presented a keynote speech on "The Challenges of Heritage Conservation and Volunteering Best Practices”.
The event brought together more [...]
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Panasonic Corporation have released the 2017 World Heritage calendar. Featuring stunning photographs of World Heritage sites from around the world, this popular calendar can be used in paper, online and tablet app versions.
UNESCO and Panasonic have been creating wall calendars since 1995 and a [...]
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, marking the date in 1971 when the Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar, drawing attention to the importance of wetlands.
The theme for 2017 "Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” is selected [...]
On 31 October 2016, the Government of Timor-Leste officially deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage with the Director-General of UNESCO.
Timor-Leste has become the 193rd State Party to the World Heritage Convention on 31 January 2017, when the Convention [...]
The call for applications for the business skills training programme for protected areas in Africa is now open until 24 February 2017.
Each year, the Earth Skills Network (ESN) provides funded training in:
business planning and effective management practices and,
personal development of leadership capabilities, with
12 months of mentoring from an ESN corporate [...]
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, received the Mayor of Venice, Mr. Luigi Brugnaro, at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of representatives of the Italian government, to discuss the protection of the city of Venice and its Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
This meeting follows the Director-General's visit [...]
The registration to the JPI ON CULTURAL HERITAGE WORKSHOP FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS to be held in Brussels on February 20-21, 2017 is open. The programme is now available : Final programme JPICH Parade 20-21 Feb. 2017 , Brussels. The registration was possible within 13th February. We [...]
UNESCO received several reports and satellite imagery released today by UNITAR-UNOSAT confirming the destruction of Palmyra's tetrapylon and parts of the theatre's proscenium.
"This destruction is a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity,” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. "This new blow against [...]