Getty: Wupatki National Monument in Arizona Receives $1.3 Million Conservation Grant

Getty: Wupatki National Monument in Arizona Receives $1.3 Million Conservation Grant. “Once home to the ancestors of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Yavapai, Havasupai, Hualapai, and several bands of Apache and Paiute, the Wupatki National Monument in Northern Arizona holds a precious record of migration, trade, and other practices dating back to the 11th century. The Center for Architectural Conservation at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has received a $1.3 million grant from Getty to develop a conservation and management plan and professional training program for the site, which faces a variety of threats.”

Saving history: 3D laser scans preserve world heritage sites (Big Think)

Big Think: Saving history: 3D laser scans preserve world heritage sites. “Throughout history, countless artifacts have been caught in the crossfires of war, deliberately targeted by iconoclasts or swallowed up by the indifferent forces of nature and time. As a result, numerous non-profit groups and agencies — most notably, UNESCO — have sprung up to prevent the present from erasing the past. But while even the most well protected monument remains at risk of being physically destroyed, we now have a way to preserve them digitally.”

NewsDirect: Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu (PRESS RELEASE)

NewsDirect: Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu (PRESS RELEASE). “With the exclusive approval granted by the Peruvian Government to fly drones through the magnificent site of Machu Picchu, Cityneon leveraged on the team’s state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to capture the best-in-class cinematic and visual assets of the invaluable UNESCO World Heritage Site, to create an immersive experience consisting of outstanding virtual reality, sophisticated augmented reality system and in-person interaction elements.”

Reuters: The race to save African-American cemeteries from being ‘erased’

Reuters: The race to save African-American cemeteries from being ‘erased’. “There are no national estimates on the number of Black cemeteries that are under threat from developers or have been abandoned. In Florida, where the governor this month signed a bill creating a task force to study the issue, lawmakers estimate there could be as many as 3,000. [Barbara] Heath and others have been supporting bills in Congress that would create a database of African-American cemeteries across the country and fund education and preservation programs.

ArtDaily: Fellowship of stars battles to save Tolkien’s real Bag End

ArtDaily: Fellowship of stars battles to save Tolkien’s real Bag End. “Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and other luminaries have formed a new crowd-funding fellowship to raise $6 million to buy the Oxford home of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien. Actors Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, stars of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film adaptations, have joined the “Project Northmoor” campaign to turn the sprawling house into a museum in honour of the fantasy writer.”

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves. “Mining giant Rio Tinto must rebuild a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave system it blew up in May, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has said. The Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia were destroyed as part of an iron ore exploration project. In a report released on Wednesday, the inquiry blasted Rio Tinto’s ‘inexcusable’ act, and said they should compensate the traditional owners.”

Balkan Insight: Journalism, Activism Combine to Preserve Riches of Ancient Romanian Port

Balkan Insight: Journalism, Activism Combine to Preserve Riches of Ancient Romanian Port. “In early July, when a court in Romania declared null and void the 2003 sale of a century-old palace on the country’s Black Sea coast, it marked a milestone in a journalistic fight to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the port of Constanta. Built in the early 1920s at the behest of Queen Mary of Romania, the Royal Palace of Mamaia became a nightclub and eventually a depository for mouldy mattresses after the state sold it to a local businessman 17 years ago. But the battle to save it from ruin began only in 2014, with the investigative reporting and public campaigning of Info Sud-Est, an online publication on Constanta affairs with a rare focus on the preservation of the city’s cultural heritage.”

Phys .org: Virtual reality can bring ancient cities back to life and improve conservation

Phys .org: Virtual reality can bring ancient cities back to life and improve conservation. “Today Ugarit is a Bronze Age archaeological site in northwest Syria, first excavated in 1929. It can tell us a huge amount about the past, but Ugarit is also a place in its own right. The conservation of the site needs to help us understand the site’s history, as well as preserving and restoring what remains. Our work on virtual reality and reconstruction can meet both these goals.”

Condé Nast Traveler: Google’s New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites

Condé Nast Traveler: Google’s New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites. “The project, called ‘Heritage on the Edge,’ uses 3D mapping and other photo tools to capture images of World Heritage Sites that can be used for conservation support and raising awareness with tourists and the general public. Among the five heritage sites that were mapped are Rapa Nui (Easter Island); Kilwa Kisiwani on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland; Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh; and the ancient city of Chan Chan in Peru.”

CNN: More than 100 Uyghur graveyards demolished by Chinese authorities, satellite images show

CNN: More than 100 Uyghur graveyards demolished by Chinese authorities, satellite images show. “In a months’ long investigation, working with sources in the Uyghur community and analyzing hundreds of satellite images, CNN has found more than 100 cemeteries that have been destroyed, most in just the last two years. This reporting was backed up by dozens of official Chinese government notices announcing the ‘relocation’ of cemeteries.”

Phys .org: Laser scanning leads to 3-D rendering of Robber’s Cave

Phys .org: Laser scanning leads to 3-D rendering of Robber’s Cave . “As bits of Robber’s Cave history fade to folklore, the thousands of engravings that crowd its Dakota sandstone walls like graffiti are likewise disintegrating, imperceptibly but inevitably, into miniature dunes at the base of the walls…. A first-of-its-kind project funded by History Nebraska and coordinated by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Richard Wood is preserving those voices by digitally mapping every millimeter of the cave’s 5,000-plus square feet, engravings and all.” There are apparently many Robber’s Cave places. This is the one in Nebraska.

Museums+Heritage: V&A launches ‘world’s largest and most accessible’ cultural heritage preservation database

Museums+Heritage: V&A launches ‘world’s largest and most accessible’ cultural heritage preservation database. “Launched as part of the V&A’s ongoing Culture in Crisis programme, the Museum’s new free-to-access Culture in Crisis Portal is claimed to be the world’s largest and most accessible database of cultural heritage preservation projects.” The V&A in this case is the Victoria & Albert Museum.