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Reactions to “The Great Giveback”

February 6, 2013


Senior editor at the New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin, recently published an opinion piece, “The Great Giveback,” in the New York Times. The piece discusses the now commonplace routine of American museums announcing the return of antiquities to foreign countries, based on the respective country’s threats of legal action or other sanctions. Through […]

Plans to ‘Invest’ in Ancient Sites Angers Palestinians

January 31, 2013


Israel is forging ahead with plans to invest in a number of its national heritage sites, including nine sites along the West Bank. The plans, including that of adding a handicapped accessible entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, have elicited a an angry response from Palestinians. When Israeli officials initially announced that they would […]

Mali Conflict Puts Timbuktu in Danger

January 28, 2013


In light of the escalating violence in Mali, UNESCO has recently began to urge armed forces to protect Timbuktu’s historic and religious landmarks. As recently reported, the ongoing conflict has posed a grave and imminent threat to Timbuktu’s cultural heritage. According to residents of Timbuktu, the Islamic fighters have already committed severe damage the city’s […]

Potential New Addition to UNESCO List: The Blue Mosque

January 25, 2013


According to Armenian Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan, Armenia will submit an application to have Yerevan’s Blue Mosque added to The United Nations Educational Scientific and Culture Organization (“UNESCO”)’s  Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Mosque was built at some point during the mid-18th century, during the reign of Nadir Shah. Construction is believed to have […]

Historic Landmarks Razed in Beijing’s Development Frenzy

February 13, 2012


An unremarkable brick and timber home at 24 Beizongbu Hutong in Beijing was demolished last week. Architectural preservations were furious when they found the former home of the legendary architects Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin in ruins last week. Officials stated they intend to build a replica, but preservationists were not satisfied. They reported that of […]

National Trust for Historic Preservation Seeks Staff Attorney

November 4, 2010


National Trust for Historic Preservation is hiring a Staff Attorney.  I went to a NTHP event a few years ago, and thought the people were all super, so figured I’d pass this along.  Here are the details: Job Summary: This position will be hired as either an Assistant or an Associate General Counsel depending on […]

Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains in the U.S. Virgin Islands

May 13, 2010


The Spring 2010 issue of the Virgin Islands Bar Journal was kind enough to print an article of mine titled, “Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Public Property in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”  This article is an overview of the body of law pertaining to archaeological artifacts and historic remains in the U.S. Virgin Islands, […]

New Mexico to Add Moon Landing Artifacts to State Historic Registry

April 6, 2010


This coming Friday, the Cultural Property Review Committee, part of the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, will consider whether to add moon landing artifacts to the state registry of historic places. The nomination was submitted by Beth O’Leary, vice-chair of the Cultural Property Review Committee, and her students from New Mexico State University and the […]

New Mexico Village Fights Demolition of Historic Church

March 2, 2010


It’s not often that I have the opportunity to bring you news from my neck of the woods, but the time has come.  Just up the road from town is a little town called Questa, and the local residents are fighting to preserve one of the oldest buildings in town, a 175-year-old church, now slated […]


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