Latest Cultural preservation News

Dartmouth faculty seek changes after sex abuse allegations

Dec. 5, 2018 10:10 AM EST

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — About 80 Dartmouth College faculty members have signed a letter pledging to make "structural and cultural changes" to protect against violence and discrimination following student allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment in one department. Professors Brad Duchaine and Peter...

4 Tennessee sites join National Register of Historic Places

Dec. 3, 2018 6:20 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission says the Works Progress Administration helped build the Oak Grove School in Sharps Chapel. The Union County school closed in 1965, and now hosts community events and...

Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

Nov. 29, 2018 10:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Reggae music has been inscribed on the prized intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural agency. UNESCO said Thursday the Jamaican music is unique because it represents "a vehicle of social commentary" and "continues to provide a voice for all" since it was first created...

Can basketball save the world? New NYU course says yes

Nov. 29, 2018 3:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball is moving from the court to the classroom at NYU, though students won't be tested on dribbling or shooting. Nor will they spend much time on the game's role as exercise or entertainment. The theme is how it can save the world. That's the ambitious belief of professor David...

Koreas win UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling

Nov. 26, 2018 9:46 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Divided for about seven decades, North and South Korea together won their first international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling as one of the world's cultural treasures on Monday. The Koreas had earlier pushed separate bids for the sport's UNESCO recognition before...

In Jordan's ancient Petra, sirens warn of flash floods

Nov. 18, 2018 7:36 PM EST

PETRA, Jordan (AP) — In ancient times, Arab tribesmen dug diversion tunnels to protect their low-lying trading post of Petra against desert flash floods. More than two millennia later, an alarm system warns visitors if flood water rushes toward what has become Jordan's main tourist attraction. Earlier this...

Report details damage to ancient Yemeni archaeological sites

Nov. 15, 2018 8:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Yemeni rights group has documented heavy damage from ground fighting and airstrikes to at least 34 archaeological sites over the past four years and urged the international community to protect Yemenis' "collective memory." In a lengthy report titled "The Degradation of History"...

Prince Charles says he'll keep views to himself when king

Nov. 8, 2018 6:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles has pledged not to interfere in the affairs of state when he becomes king, seeking to dispel concerns about his past activism on issues ranging from global warming to architectural preservation. In an interview for a documentary marking his 70th birthday, the heir to...

Small town tries to save Little Red Schoolhouse from rot

Oct. 28, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) — A community in southwestern Mississippi will try to save a building that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Little Red Schoolhouse in Liberty is a former girls' school that dates to 1853. The Enterprise-Journal reports an architect has a plan to fight moisture...

Scientists discover what they say is oldest intact shipweck

Oct. 23, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors has discovered what it believes to be the world's oldest intact shipwreck — a Greek trading vessel whose design had previously been seen only on ancient pottery. The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology project says it found the...