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12 November 2015



France - "The prince with the golden torque of Lavau" (INRAP, 16 June 2015)

Unearthed by a team of Inrap archaeologists, the princely tomb of Lavau, dated to the early 5th century BC, contains exceptional grave goods: a Mediterranean bronze cauldron with lion heads and the head of Achelous (river-deity), an Attican oenochoe with black figures, a ciste, bronze basins, etc.

During the National Archaeology Days (19-21 June 2015), Inrap will present the latest results of this excavation, finished only a few days ago.

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16 June 2015



France - "The exceptional grave of Louise de Quengo, a 17th century Lady" (INRAP, 3 June 2015)


From 2011 to 2013, an Inrap team realized a rescue excavation, curated by the State (Drac Brittany), at the Jacobin Convent, the future site of the Rennes Métropole conference center. Two years later, the ongoing studies have yielded new discoveries.

The Jacobin Convent, constructed in 1369 after the War of Succession, marked the victory of Jean IV of Montfort, the Duke of Brittany, over Charles de Blois. From the 15th to 17th centuries, this Dominican establishment became an important place for pilgrimages and inhumations. Approximately 800 graves were uncovered by the archaeologists, including five lead coffins. One of these contained a remarkably well-preserved corpse. Its study provides rare evidence for the funerary practices of elites during the 17th century. 

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2 June 2015



Petition to protect Iraqi heritage - Appeal from the French scientific community (18 March 2015)

Archaeologists, historians and all of the French scientific community condemned the deliberate destruction of Iraqi heritage acts recently committed in Mosul Museum and the great sites of Nineveh, Nimrud and Hatra.

These crimes against the cultural and artistic heritage are an unprecedented disaster.

We call on
the international community, the United Nations, UNESCO and the International Coalition, which have the means to provide assistance to the Iraqi government to protect the irreplaceable Iraqi heritage.


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19 March 2015



"Private interests destroy Canaanite site (5200 years old) in Kfarabida - Batroun / North-Lebanon" (Archeologia.be, 20 December 2014)


Right by the old coastal highway, in the town of Kfarabida (ancient Tell Fadous) 12 km north of Byblos and 50 km north of the capital Beirut, stand the remains of one of the oldest cities in Lebanon. It is one of the first urban settlements in the country, one of only a few such sites from the Early Bronze Age (c. 3200-2400 BC) that have been studied, and possibly the last remaining one (at least in part for now) largely undamaged by later occupation or construction. Even though there are likely earlier settlement remains underneath the Early Bronze Age city, as one Chalcolithic child burial and scattered finds were found in the section of the site, it seems from the excavations results that this site emerged as an important center in the Early Bronze Age.

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20 December 2014



France - "The archaeology of daily life during the Great War: a German camp" (INRAP,  31 October 2014)

A team of Inrap archaeologists is currently excavating artefacts from the First World War near Reims. Covering 4.5 hectares, this Inrap excavation, curated by the State (Drac Champagne-Ardenne), is taking place in advance of the construction of an activity zone for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Reims-Epernay. Originally programmed for the study of Iron Age and Gallo-Roman remains, this research has also led to the discovery of a German army camp behind the front. Though few second line camps have been excavated, they provide evidence for daily life activities that were different than those on the front lines.


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1 November 2014



Call for paper - « Interdisciplinarity and new approaches in the research onThe Iron Age»
Rencontres doctorales archéologiques de l’Ecole Européenne de Protohistoire de Bibracte
28 to 30 April, 2015

This doctoral meeting organized in part of the European School of Protohistory of Bibracte (EEPB in french) has for ambition to create contacts between the European’s PhD Students and post-PhD students working on the IronAge. This project pursues the work of the « Colloque des Jeunes Chercheurs en Archéologie Celtique » organized in 2005 at Bibracte at the occasion of the creation of the EEPB. It aims to facilitate the discussion around interdisciplinary problematic, in different geographical and cultural contexts.

This meeting invite the researchers to present an innovative aspect of theirworks, or reflections on diverse topics from a new perspective.

Firstly, the cultural relations and the economic exchanges between the different Europeans cultures of the Iron Age constitute a privileged axe of these meetings. It will be important to present the new discover about chronological, cultural and geographical evolutions of the protohistoric populations. As well as their socioeconomic interactions with Middle Europa and closest neighbors like the Mediterranean and Scandinavian worlds, will be an important part of this meetings by using typological (numismatic or study of importation objects), technological or anthropological approaches.

Secondly, another purpose of these doctoral meetings is to promote innovative and multidisciplinary methods which come to improve the research onthe Iron Age. The interest of this kind of transversal approaches  is not to prove. The communications should present the technical tools (physico-chemical, statistics analysis, morphometric study) which work for the development of the research of this period. The systematic  use of these new tools allows a normalization of the data and global reflections concerning long periods and largeareas.

Finaly, the relations and interactions between iron age societies and their environment will constitute the last main axis of these days. This axe focus on the contributions of the environmental archaeology, anthropological and archeozoological studies.


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1 September 2014



France - "A Neandertal occupation is discovered on the bank of the Saône river" (INRAP, 11 August 2014)


A team of Inrap archaeologists is excavating, under curation by the State (Drac Rhône-Alpes), a Middle Paleolithic site in Quincieux in conjunction with work on the A466. Following the decision by the Interregional Committee on Archaeological Research and in the framework of a procedure for "exceptional discoveries”, the prefect has extended the duration of this excavation of one hectare.


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7 August 2014



Save the Warburg Institute!  - University of London


The Times Higher Education recently reported that the University of London has taken legal action to challenge its own deed of trust concerning the care and integrity of the Warburg Institute. Possible results of this action include the dispersal of the library, or its relocation abroad.

This is not the first time the Institute has been threatened: it was relocated from Hamburg to London in 1933, endangered by Hitler's rise to power, and although the University of London accepted the collections in 1944 (the agreement currently under review), similar action was considered in 2010.


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7 August 2014



France - "The aristocratic grave at Warcq (Ardennes): an exceptional Gallic chariot grave" (INRAP, 23 July 2014)


A combined team composed of archaeologists from the Ardennes departmental archaeology unit and from Inrap has just finished excavating the aristocratic Gallic grave at Warcq (Ardennes). Curated by the State (Drac Champagne-Ardenne), this site was part of the investigation of the route of the A304 motorway being constructed by the Dreal between Charleville-Mézières and Rocroi. This type of aristocratic grave, containing a ceremonial or war chariot, emerges in the 7th century B.C. and disappears with the end of the Gallic period. Champagne-Ardenne is famous for such funerary practices, which are generally dated to the start of the second Iron Age (5th-4th century B.C.).


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23 July 2014



France - "Discovery of an exceptional Gallic chariot tomb at Warcq (Ardennes)" (INRAP, 27 June 2014)


A combined team composed of archaeologists from the Ardennes departmental archaeology unit and from Inrap is currently excavating a Gallic aristocratic tomb at Warcq (Ardennes). Curated by the State (Drac Champagne-Ardenne), this site is located on the route of the A304 motorway being constructed by the Dreal between Charleville-Mézières and Rocroi. 


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1 July 2014



France - "The discovery of a Gallo-Roman monumental sanctuary and its statuary at Pont-Saint-Maxence" (INRAP, 10 June 2014)

 
An exceptional Gallo-Roman sanctuary is currently being revealed at Pont-Saint-Maxence (Oise). This Inrap excavation has been authorised by the government (Drac Picardie) and is taking place prior to the construction of a shopping centre. The history of Late Antique period Pont-Saint-Maxence is little known, and the discovery of an enormous sanctuary from the mid 2nd century A.D. therefore came as a surprise, particularly as the remarkable statuary discovered on the site has no equal in Roman Gaul. 


France - "Découverte d’un sanctuaire monumental antique et de sa statuaire à Pont-Sainte-Maxence" (INRAP, 28 mai 2014)

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19 June 2014



ICOMOS France reflection: Heritage and Public Debate / Patrimoines et débat public - Réflexion ICOMOS France (10 June 2014)

Over the last two years, Inrap archaeologists and the team from the medieval building site of Guédelon have been collaborating on an astonishing experimental archaeology project: the construction of a 12th century mill using the techniques of the period. It is based on the remains of two water mills discovered in 2008 in Thervay (Jura), one from the Carolingian period, the other dated to between the mid 11th and late 12th centuries. This discovery made a significant contribution to our knowledge of water-powered milling in the medieval period. The experimental archaeology project carried out by Guédelon and Inrap will enable us to further expand our understanding of the period's construction techniques: the encounter between theory, hypotheses derived from excavations and the reality of construction will allow us greater insight into the skills of medieval artisans. This scientific collaboration is being run as an educational project, with Guédelon being open to the public, particularly for the National Archaeology Days (6-8 June 2014).


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19 June 2014



France - "The discovery of a Gallo-Roman monumental sanctuary and its statuary at Pont-Saint-Maxence" (INRAP, 10 June 2014)

 
An exceptional Gallo-Roman sanctuary is currently being revealed at Pont-Saint-Maxence (Oise). This Inrap excavation has been authorised by the government (Drac Picardie) and is taking place prior to the construction of a shopping centre. The history of Late Antique period Pont-Saint-Maxence is little known, and the discovery of an enormous sanctuary from the mid 2nd century A.D. therefore came as a surprise, particularly as the remarkable statuary discovered on the site has no equal in Roman Gaul. 


France - "Découverte d’un sanctuaire monumental antique et de sa statuaire à Pont-Sainte-Maxence" (INRAP, 28 mai 2014)

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12 June 2014



France - "A mill for Guédelon: experimental archaeology" (INRAP, 10 June 2014)

Over the last two years, Inrap archaeologists and the team from the medieval building site of Guédelon have been collaborating on an astonishing experimental archaeology project: the construction of a 12th century mill using the techniques of the period. It is based on the remains of two water mills discovered in 2008 in Thervay (Jura), one from the Carolingian period, the other dated to between the mid 11th and late 12th centuries. This discovery made a significant contribution to our knowledge of water-powered milling in the medieval period. The experimental archaeology project carried out by Guédelon and Inrap will enable us to further expand our understanding of the period's construction techniques: the encounter between theory, hypotheses derived from excavations and the reality of construction will allow us greater insight into the skills of medieval artisans. This scientific collaboration is being run as an educational project, with Guédelon being open to the public, particularly for the National Archaeology Days (6-8 June 2014).


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12 June 2014



Belgium - International Round Table "Cults in crisis, crisis cults  - Perspectives on ancient religion, philosophy and representations" Louvain-la-neuve (12 and 13 June 2014)


The term crisis stems from the Greek word which, among others, means ‘to distinguish, to separate’ and hence in a related sense means ‘to decide’. Seen from this angle, a crisis can be perceived as a time of decision or as the moment when a decision is needed. A critical situation is hence also a decisive moment. The history of crises suggests that this substantive is used with a variety of adjectives: political crisis, economic, social, environmental, ideological….A crisis is rarely simple and is often characterized by a conjunction of different components, involving different domains. In the frame of this conference, we aim to explore the problem of crisis in relation to the religious sphere taken in its widest sense. Our aim is not only to investigate the meaning of a crisis as such but also from what moment onwards one can talk about a crisis. A crisis is essentially defined by its consequences or even more by its responses or the absence of the latter. The characterization of its causes (punctual, recurrent; external; internal) likewise opens a vast area for assessment.

More in particular, we want to examine a religious crisis, which is already a very large field of investigation since it implies all kinds of religions, in the traditional sense, as philosophies and systems of representation. In this frame, we are interested in the link between crisis situations and the religious world: does a crisis favour the emergence, development or modification of religious practices or philosophical systems? And inversely, can the creation, development or transformation of practices or beliefs cause a crisis that is evident in other domains? Attempts to answer this question will be given by specialists of the world of Minoan and Mycenaean palace societies of the 2nd millennium BC and of the world of the Mediterranean cities (Greek and Roman) (8th c. BC to 5th c. AD) who will exchange their views especially where the problem and the methodology are concerned. By using specific case studies, special attention will not only be given to historiography, but also to epistemological questions. The papers will also deal with the birth and development of religions in periods of crisis and will attempt to clarify some points e.g. to what degree the appearance of a cult in a particular context an answer or a reaction is to a prior situation? What are the responses and reactions to such appearances? How did the actors deal with difficult situations? Are the causes of a crisis cults usually punctual or can we identify a recurrent pattern? These are the themes this conference wants to explore.

Infos et programme sur le site de l'Université

May 21, 2014



Belgium - 4th International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium (Brussels, May 16th 2014)


In collaboration with the Research Foundation Flanders, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique and CORES Interuniversity Attraction Poles
May 16th 2014 at the Royal Library of Belgium URBAN VERSUS RURAL CONTEXTS: DIFFERENCES OF MONETIZATION FROM ANCIENT GREECE TO THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES (COIN FINDS, TAXES AND TRADE)

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April 28, 2014



Italy - Message from the
association Archeoclub d'Italia di Campobello di Licata, in Sicily.

We are currently organizing the international youth summer camps HAPPENING, from 7th July to 3rd August 2014. The programme includes mainly archaeological research and other spare time activities: history, art, culture, music, gastronomy and excursions.

It is open to every youngster such as students, researchers, experts and young archaeologists between 18 and 35 years old.

For further information about our association, our initiatives and our archaeological research, contact us or visit our website

http://happening.kalat.org

April 28, 2014



Nearch, a project funded by the European Commission, aims to explore and strengthen the relationships of European citizens to archaeology and heritage. Archaeology and cultural heritage management have undergone significant scientific and professional developments over the last 25 years.

Conducted by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), the NEARCH project, funded by the European Commission for 5 years (2013-2018) in the framework of the Culture programme, is a European-wide cooperation network of 14 partners from 10 countries willing to explore these changes and their consequences. More specifically, NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis.

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March 20, 2014



Italy -2014 field school, the Lower Bussento Valley Archaeological Project

IV International Archaeological Research Season  (April 27th - June 29th)
The season will include the continuation of the excavation in a urban settlement of the roman – post medieval age discovered in the modern town.

V International Archaeological Research Season  (August 31th - October 12th)
The season will include the continuation of the excavation in a urban settlement of the roman – post medieval age discovered in the modern town

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March 18, 2014



Syria - Cultural heritage in peril


* "The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage must stop" (UNESCO, 12 March 2014)

* "‘Stop the destruction’, UN officials urge in plea to save Syria’s cultural heritage" (UN, 12 March 2014)

* "Archaeological Storehouses Looted in Syria" (LiveScience.com, 12 March 2014)

* "Syria cultural heritage in peril from war, looting: UN" (The Daily Star, 12 March 2014)

* "Pas une seule strate de la culture syrienne -pré-chrétienne, chrétienne, islamique- n'est épargnée" (L'Orient-Le Jour, 13 mars 2014)

* "Le patrimoine syrien menacé de destruction et de pillage" (La Croix, 24 février 2014)



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March 13, 2014



Italy - ICOMOS Youth Forum - Call for papers - “Facilitating entry into working life for young professionals”

Deadline for abstracts: 20 March 2014

On behalf of ICOMOS Italy, I have the pleasure of forwarding you the call for papers for the ICOMOS Youth Forum taking place in the context of the 18th General Assembly on 11 November 2014 at the Auditorio al Duomo, Florence, Italy.

The Youth Forum will discuss the questions: What specific training is needed and what technical contribution can young professionals make to meeting the challenges of heritage conservation and emergency situations? What organisational, technical and scientific responses are needed?

The call for papers will also be available on the home page of the ICOMOS website and is being sent to the entire ICOMOS membership via the ICOMOS e-News.

Please feel free to widely publicize it in your respective countries and scientific communities – by posting it on your websites, circulating to listservs, sending to local partner organisations and in particular academic institutions with training in our field in your country.

The deadline for abstracts is 20 March 2014 (age limit for authors: 40 years). For all further details, please refer to the attached text.

For further information:
Youth Forum Scientific Secretariat and address for sending abstracts:
GA2014-Youth-Forum@icomos.org

General enquiries about the 18th General Assembly: 18ICOMOS2014@gmail.com

Webpage: http://www.icomos.org/


March 13, 2014



France - "Looting of an antique necropolis at Prunay-Belleville" (INRAP, March 7, 2014)


Since mid-February, archaeologists realize salvage excavations, in the Aube, before the construction of a pipeline.

These excavations have revealed three major funerary monuments : one part dating from Iron Age and the other part composed with seven ancient tombs dating from the second and third centuries.

March 4th, archaeologists found the Gallo-Roman tombs looted. Looters stole the most beautiful archaeological artefacts of three graves (see picture). The police has begun an investigation.


France - "Pillage d’une nécropole antique à Prunay-Belleville" (INRAP, 7 mars 2014)

© Estelle Bénistant, Inrap

read more : France - "Pillage d’une nécropole antique à Prunay-Belleville" (INRAP, 7 mars 2014

March 7, 2014



Blue Shield - Statement on Ukraine (27 February 2014)


Following the civil conflict that has been shaking the Ukraine, the Blue Shield wishes to express its deep concern regarding the safeguarding and protection of the country’s invaluable cultural and historical heritage, as well as the institutions that house them and the people that care for them. Ukraine’s museums, libraries and documentary heritage, monuments, churches and monasteries are under risk of threat from looting and destruction. The international heritage community wishes to warn of the potential harm that cultural property may suffer.

Reports regarding damages endured by the Kiev History Museum have given the Blue Shield and its members reasons for concern. The destruction of monuments linked to the political history of Ukraine is also at the forefront of the cultural community’s concerns. The Blue Shield urges the Ukrainian government to investigate the incident which occurred in the Kiev History Museum’s storage rooms on the nights of 18 and 19 February 2014, and to allocate protected storage space for particularly threatened collections.

Mindful of the importance of protecting the historical, artistic and scientific heritage of Ukraine, the Blue Shield welcomes the recent creation of a Blue Shield National Committee for Ukraine. This Blue Shield Committee is currently hard at work protecting all national monuments, regardless of their political or social origins. The Blue Shield strongly supports the Ukrainian National Committee’s initiative to protect the country’s rich range of cultural heritage and its efforts to coordinate and store information on the cultural assets.

Ukraine has been a State Party to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its first Protocol since their ratification on 6 February 1957. Ukraine is also a State Party to the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage since its ratification on 12 October 1988.

Ukraine’s 2004 International Humanitarian Law Manual clearly states that personnel responsible for the defence and protection of cultural property are “protected under international humanitarian law” and that directing attacks against such persons or “clearly identifiable cultural property” constitutes “a serious violation of international humanitarian law”. Cultural property is clearly defined within the manual as being “objects of great importance to the cultural heritage of peoples [and] that play an important role in their spiritual life.” These include, among others, works of art and religious or secular monuments.

The ratified international conventions, Ukraine’s specific legislation, and customary international law impose on nations the obligation to protect their cultural heritage in times of armed conflict. The Blue Shield calls on all parties concerned to fulfil these obligations and to protect the outstanding cultural heritage sites and repositories located within Ukraine.

The Blue Shield’s mission is to work to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict, natural and human-made disasters. For this reason it places the expertise and network of its member organisations at the disposal of their colleagues working in Ukraine to support their work in protecting the country’s heritage, and if necessary, in assessing for subsequent recovery, restoration, and repair measures.
The Blue Shield

The Blue Shield is the protective emblem of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which is, with its two Protocols, the basic international treaty formulating rules to protect cultural heritage during armed conflicts. The Blue Shield network consists of international non-governmental organisations dealing with museums, archives, libraries, and monuments and sites.

The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), founded in 1996, comprises representatives of the five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in this field:
- The International Council on Archives (www.ica.org)
- The International Council of Museums (www.icom.museum)
- The International Council on Monuments and Sites (www.icomos.org)
- The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (www.ifla.org)
- The Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (www.ccaaa.org)

National Blue Shield Committees have been created in a number of countries. The Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS), founded in December 2008, works to coordinate and strengthen international efforts to complement ICBS in protecting cultural property at risk of destruction in armed conflicts or natural disasters.

Website: http://www.blueshield-international.org

March 4, 2014



Ukraine is in danger!


Dear Colleagues, all ICOMOS Family!

In Kyiv citizens resist the corrupted government.

President Yanukovych resorted to forceful suppression of public protest for maintenance in power.

About 100 of people are murdered. Snipers are shooting activists, journalists and even doctors that are providing first aid to the victims.

The cultural monuments are endangered because of the impending armed conflict.

The police robbed the Museum of Kyiv History. The increasing danger threatens the collections of the National Parliamentary Library and the National Art Museum. Facade areas of architectural monuments covered with smoke were only the beginning of the further damage not only in Kyiv but also in other cities.

We urge the international community to save the cultural heritage of Ukraine from criminal authorities!

God save Ukraine !

Mykola Yakovyna

President of ICOMOS Ukraine

February 20, 2014



Call for nominations - 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
World Monuments Fund invites you to submit a nomination for the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The prize will be awarded this fall to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative solutions that preserved and saved a modern landmark at risk. Nominated projects must have been completed in the past five years.

The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize recognizes heroic efforts that preserve our modern heritage. Submissions for projects that have enhanced a site's architectural, functional, economic, and environmental sustainability while also benefiting the community are encouraged.

THE PRIZE

    A cash honorarium of $10,000;
    A Knoll® Barcelona® Chair;
    Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations in New York City to attend an awards dinner and present the project at a lecture at The Museum of Modern Art;
    Media promotion of the winning project by the WMF communications department.

SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS

Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be made to modernism2014@wmf.org. Printed materials may be mailed to the address at the bottom of this form. There is no application fee.

Please include the following information in your email:

    The name of the site and its location (city, state/region, country);
    A narrative description (up to 500 words) of the preservation project, the modern landmark's significance, and the threats it faced;
    Six photos of the structure (three before and three following completion of the project), if available;
    The name and contact information of the design professional or firm responsible for the project;
    Your name and email address.

We welcome any other information that is relevant to the site, such as news articles, reviews, or links. In the event that you would like to nominate a project but do not have complete supporting materials, please provide us with as much basic information as you can.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS 

June 30, 2014

THE JURY 

An independent jury of architectural scholars, conservators, and professionals in related fields will select the prizewinner. The jury is chaired by Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University and MoMA. Other jury members are: Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Kenneth Frampton, Columbia University; Susan MacDonald, The Getty Conservation Institute; Dietrich Neumann, Brown University; Theo Prudon, Prudon & Partners LLP; and Karen Stein, writer, editor, and architectural consultant.

Please share this call for nominations with your colleagues. For more information about the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, including previous recipients, visit www.wmf.org/modernism.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Henry Tzu Ng
Executive Vice President

modernism2014@wmf.org

World Monuments Fund

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412
New York, NY 10118
Attn: World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Knoll is the founding sponsor of Modernism at Risk.

Image: Hizuchi Elementary School, 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Recipient 


February 19, 2014



Fieldschools in Spain


Trowelschool is staffed by archaeologists with extensive professional experience in archaeological excavations and research projects.

Our commitment is to convey and share our excitement and enthusiasm for archaeology to everyone, no matter what their age or background.

We aim to help you learn as well as enjoy your holiday, living a real archaeological experience.

We will give you a complete overview of archaeological methods used during an archaeological excavation, including digging, recording archaeological features, excavation strategy and methodology, stratigraphy, study of formative processes ,surveying, archaeological sampling techniques ,artefact inventory, architectural or archaeological building recording, as well as dealing with everything related to the post-excavation process (read more)


February 17, 2014



Petition - Famous medieval bridge in Belgium threatened

Campaign to save a listed building at threat of demolition (Tournai, Belgium). The "Pont des Trous" is one of the most prestigious vestiges of the medieval military architecture in Belgium. It was part of the second wall of the city and defended the course of the Scheldt along the town. The tower on the left bank dates back to 1281, the one on the right bank to 1302-1304.

Why a petition? Because it is unacceptable that we are passive witnesses of the destruction of a unique monument in Europe. We understand the economic challenge (allow the passage of larger boats), but the current choice destroys the identity of the Monument. Other solutions exist!

On the other hand, we never denied the fact that the central part of the "Pont des Trous" was destroyed during the second world war and rebuilt in accordance with the needs of navigation. However, as many historical monuments, the "Pont des Trous" has evolved, over the centuries, without losing the elements that define it as a "fortified gate"

Read more : Famous medieval bridge in Belgium under threat from canal project" (Medievalists.net, December 18, 2013)

Sauvons le Pont des Trous, Monument médiéval emblématique de la Ville de Tournai (Belgique)!

February 17, 2014




Field excavation on the prehistory of the Erei (central Sicily): the 4th season of archaeological investigations at Case Bastione (Villarosa)

Case Bastione, located in the valley of the river Morello, is a large settlement dating from the  Final Neolithic (4th mill. BC) to the Bronze Age (2nd mill. BC). In previous seasons a production area dating back to the Final Copper Age (2700-2300 BC) has been explored. It has revealed the oldest metal smelting furnaces so far known in Sicily, along with some huts dating to the Early Bronze Age (2300-1600 BC), containing a rich collection of vases and tools.

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Field excavation on the prehistory of the Erei (central Sicily): the 4th season of archaeological investigations at Case Bastione (Villarosa)

Januray 9, 2014




France - Archaeological site revealing 6000 years of occupation (Past Horizons, November 1, 2013)

As part of the development of an industrial park in Pays de Sainte Odile, Inrap has just completed a major search of over 7.5 acres, which has resulted in the discovery of  a succession of Neolithic, Gallic, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian societies (read more)






Syria - Cultural heritage destroyed or threatened by the current situation (Archeologia.be, 22 August 2013)



Egypt - Cultural heritage destroyed or threatened by the current situation (Archeologia.be, 18 August 2013)




Georgia - Save Sakdrissi/rettet Sakdrissi (Archeologia.be, 18 August 2013)



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