Category Archives: cultural conservation

Archaeological Resource Preservation: Museum-Archaeology Community and…Metal Detectorists??

Having moved back to Long Island recently after several years away, I now find myself appreciating more and more the rich cultural heritage inscribed in the island’s history. I learned of one interesting story from an article in Newsday’s Long … Continue reading

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Amazonian River Turtle: Cultural and Natural Heritage in northern Brazil

The Nature Conservancy‘s Autumn 2010 publication features a vignette about the river turtle as a “cultural icon” for many Amazonian indigenous groups of northern Brazil. Known locally as trajaca, the tribal communities of the Oiapoque region have noticed declining populations of turtles … Continue reading

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A great visit to Long Pond Ironworks National Historic Landmark

I recently visited the Long Pond Ironworks National Historic Landmark, located in the community of Hewitt in West Milford, New Jersey (USA). If you’re in the area–or, like me, have a hidden goal of visiting as many U.S. National Historic … Continue reading

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Nike Helps Revitalize Harris Tweed Industry

In late 2004, Nike, the multinational sportwear company, completed a signature line of sneakers called The Terminator. They intended to update the retro style of The Terminator, a basketball shoe originally released in the 1980s. Typically, Nike will commission high-profile … Continue reading

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Smithsonian’s World Cultures Idea Fair

One June 3 I was a participant in the Smithsonian’s Consortia for World Cultures Idea Fair. Structured like a speed dating event for those interested in cultural heritage, the 4-hour conference featured speakers from the Smithsonian’s various museums who discussed programs … Continue reading

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Cultural Heritage Versus Commerce

A March 2010 article in the New York Times, “When Scholarship and Tribal Heritage Face Off Against Commerce,” highlighted a tenuous cultural heritage situation ongoing in Oxford, Alabama, where the fate of an archaeological site remains in jeopardy because of the … Continue reading

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World Heritage Status for Austrian Village’s Starry Skies

Grossmugl, a small village (pop. 1600) located in Lower Austria, is seeking UNESCO world heritage status for the protection of its starry skies, reports an article posted last week in Earth Times. Villagers are upset about excessive light pollution coming from Vienna, … Continue reading

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