Latest Cultural preservation News

EU Parliament chief questions 'European Way of Life' title

Sep. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...

UN: Reconstruction of landmark Mosul mosque to begin in 2020

Sep. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO announced Wednesday that a landmark reconstruction of Iraq's al-Nouri mosque in Mosul, which was blown up by the Islamic State group in 2017, will start at the beginning of next year. The timeline of the restoration plan of the 12th-century monument,...

Mexicans mourn painter Francisco Toledo, defender of culture

Sep. 6, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans left candles and flowers at impromptu offerings Friday for expressionist painter Francisco Toledo a day after his death at age 79, remembering an artist respected for his fights to preserve historic sites and green spaces. In a country where politicians talk endlessly about...

Cock-a-doodle-doo! French rooster crows over court win

Sep. 5, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Maurice the rooster can keep crowing, a French court ruled Thursday, as it rejected a complaint from neighbors who sued over noise nuisance. Maurice's case and several other lawsuits against the sounds of church bells, cow bells, cicadas and the pungent smells from farms have prompted a...

Massive modern catacombs set to open in Jerusalem

Aug. 29, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Under a mountain on the outskirts of Jerusalem, workers are completing three years of labor on a massive subterranean necropolis comprised of a mile (1.5 kilometers) of tunnels with sepulchers for interring the dead. Up above, the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery dominates the hillside overlooking...

AP PHOTOS: Nepal's painter caste struggles to save dying art

Aug. 28, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. The art and tradition, however, is dying because of mass...

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dead at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A linguist renowned for his work with Alaska Native languages has died. Michael Krauss died Sunday, a few days before his 85th birthday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported . A son, Isaac Krauss, confirmed his father's death. Krauss documented conversations with the last...

Texas: Alamo dig uncovers musket balls believed from 1800s

Aug. 14, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An archaeological dig at the Alamo to help preserve the historic Texas mission has unearthed musket balls that experts say could date to the 1800s. The San Antonio Express-News reports the survey of the mission-era west wall of the Long Barrack is meant to help determine how best to...

Law governing adoptions of Native American children upheld

Aug. 9, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, reversing a lower court judge in a case fraught with emotional arguments over adoptive families...

Gazans struggle to protect antiquities from neglect, looting

Aug. 7, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Walid al-Aqqad's Gaza home would be the envy of many an antiquities collector. Pieces of Corinthian columns greet visitors in the backyard. Inside, hundreds of ancient pots and other artifacts hang on the walls or are arranged helter-skelter on shelves. They are remnants of...