Latest Cultural preservation News

Archaeologists uncover rare 14th-century Spanish synagogue

Feb. 07, 2023 09:31 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Archaeologists in the southern Spanish town of Utrera confirmed on Tuesday they had uncovered a 14th-century synagogue hidden within a building that was later converted into a church, hospital and most recently a bar. Archaeologist Miguel Ángel de Dios told...

Yemen and Lebanon sites added to UNESCO endangered list

Jan. 25, 2023 21:35 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An ancient Yemeni kingdom and a Lebanese modernist concrete fair park were added Wednesday to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites in danger, the latest entries from the Middle East. The seven major landmarks of the Ancient Yemenite Kingdom of Saba and the Rachid...

Wetland forest with unique plants, wildlife now protected

Jan. 16, 2023 00:02 AM EST

ROCKY POINT, N.C. (AP) — With a mission to the beauty of natural habitats along North Carolina’s coast, Janice Allen was thrilled with the efforts to protect what she called a “little wetland gem” by two busy highways in Rocky Point. Allen, director of Land Protection for...

Former Rep. Carolyn Maloney takes Hunter College position

Jan. 10, 2023 13:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who lost a Democratic primary to longtime colleague Jerry Nadler when last year's redistricting process put them in the same New York district, will spend the spring semester mentoring students at Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy...

Finance committee blocks $15.5m conservation purchase

Jan. 06, 2023 13:04 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Members of the Legislature's powerful finance committee have blocked a state Department of Natural Resources plan to spend $15.5 million on a conservation easement to preserve 56,000 acres of northern Wisconsin forest. The purchase would have been the largest...

Writers: Russian attacks seek 'erasure' of Ukrainian culture

Dec. 02, 2022 12:22 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops in Ukraine are deliberately attacking the country's museums, libraries and other cultural institutions, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. and Ukrainian chapters of the international writers' organization PEN. “Culture is not...

Spain pledges 350M euros to save Doñana wetlands

Dec. 01, 2022 14:04 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government pledged to invest 350 million euros ($368 million) in the country's Doñana wetlands, a UNESCO world heritage site that ecologists say is dying due to the misuse of water and climate change. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced...

Slovenia beekeeping tradition gets UN world heritage status

Dec. 01, 2022 09:26 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia is keeping its bee buzz on a roll. After Slovenia clinched United Nations support for establishing a World Bee Day in 2018, authorities said Thursday the small European nation's beekeeping tradition is being added to the U.N.'s list of cultural...

Cheers! Serbia's plum brandy gets UN world heritage status

Dec. 01, 2022 07:29 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — It's time to raise a glass for sljivovica - Serbia's traditional plum brandy that authorities said Thursday is being added to the U.N.’s list of intangible cultural heritage as a cherished tradition to be preserved by humanity. UNESCO experts gathering in...

Biden pledges new commitments, respect for tribal nations

Nov. 30, 2022 19:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged to give Native Americans a stronger voice in federal affairs, promising at the first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years that he will bolster tribal consultations, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in decision-making and...