Hi bloggers!

Two weeks ago we introduced Dr. Daniel Garrido- Pimentel, co- ordinator of the Prehistoric Caves and Cultural Centres of Cantabria region (Spain), and we will continue introducing exciting profiles of young researchers and professionals in World Heritage around the world to the III International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage, next May 2018.

In doing this, we aim to help ESR WH* to open new doors and to network building between all our followers. So, please, keep with us during these months!!

 * Early Stage Researchers in World Heritage
But before we move on, we want to introduce our research profiles, to show you who is behind the EST WH network. Nekhet Corpas presented her profile last week, therefore this week we are sharing mine.

Iranian Heritage in Danger (IV): Wind catcher in Yadz

The historical city of Yazd has been added to the coveted list of World Heritage cities endorsed by UNESCO. Yazd’s old neighborhood was added to the list during UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s 41st session in Krakow, Poland on Sunday, July 9.2017. Almost 200 hectares of the city’s 2,270-hectare historical texture now boast world heritage status; Yazd is now the only UNESCO-listed Iranian city where people still live in. It is also believed to be the world’s largest inhabited adobe city. Previously, Shahr-e Soukhteh an uninhabited historical city in Iran was also registered as an historical world heritage city.
Yazd’s old buildings are all built from mud bricks, which provide natural insulation against cold and hot weather and make the city unique. The old earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the modernization that destroyed many traditional earthen towns, retaining its traditional districts, the Qanat system, Traditional houses, Bazars, Hammams (bath), mosques, Synagogues, Zo…


Hi bloggers!

As one of the coordinators of this section along with Alba de Juana, I am really glad to introduce my profile. Also, I would like to use this opportunity to thank all researchers who are currently participating in this endeavour... We are confident that this network will become a solid project

After having researched at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico) and completed a master in Archaeological Heritage and Museums (University of Cambridge, UK) I have just started a PhD thesis at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) on social conflict in heritage management, addressing the disparity of understandings on what heritage is, its management and interests surrounding it. Importantly, conflicts do not only take place in war contexts.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

#YOUNGRESEARCHERSWH - Daniel Garrido-Pimentel

Hi bloggers!

We are delighted to introduce you all to Daniel Garrido-Pimentel, a Spanish post-doc stage researcher who works and lives in Cantabria (Spain). He speaks Spanish, English and French. As a fan of rock art, here are some interesting facts about him! 

Thank you, Daniel, for sending your profile... we keep on looking for new researchers and professionals in World heritage!

Government of Cantabria, SRECD, Cave Rock Art
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Call for Papers! Deadline 30th September

30th September 2017: Abstract deadline
The "3rd International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: Integral Actions" will take place in less than one year (2-5 of May 2018) and we would like to repeat the success of previous events which were dedicated to People and Communities (2015) and Archaeology (2012). We encourage you to come with us, because it is a good opportunity to highlight the role of our Cultural and Natural Heritage in an interdisciplinary context, to share experiences with other organizations as NGOs or International Centres, even with Civil Society. After closing the voting period to decide the topics to be brought during the conference, you have decided we should focus on:

Basic and applied science, humanities, social sciences, technologies, etc. When we started with the Conferences, we were mostly concerned about the lack of a scientific-technical background emerging from many of the …

Iranian Heritage in Danger (III): Qanats

This post intends to focus on Ancient Persian Water System “Qanats” which is a symbol of Iranian art and engineering. From above, it seems as if a series of holes were pierced in the desert's dry surface. But a hundred feet below the mysterious lace, a narrow tunnel carries water from a distant aquifer to farms and villages that would not exist without it. These underground aqueducts, called Qanats, are 3,000-year-old marvels of engineering, many of which are still in use throughout Iran. It provides exceptional testimony to cultural traditions and civilizations in desert areas with an arid climate. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2016 by UNESCO, the Persian Qanats system is one of the major influences on the location and morphology of desert cities. The main cities of the central plateau of Iran are mostly located on the outermost edge of the region. Constructing Qanats was a painstaking task, made even more so by the need for great precision. The angle of the tunnel's slo…

Iranian Heritage in Danger (II): Bam Citadel

This post intends to focus on Bam citadel which is a symbol of Iranian art and civilization.

Located in southeastern Iran, 200 kilometers south of Kerman, the ruined city of Arg-e-Bam is made entirely of mud bricks, clay, straw and the trunks of palm trees. The city was originally founded during the Sassanian period (224-637 AD) During Safavid times; the city occupied six square kilometers, was surrounded by a rampart with 38 towers, and had between 9000 and 13,000 inhabitants. Bam Citadel was hit by the earthquake which equally devastated City of Bam in the desert province of Kerman.

The quake demolished 90 per cent of this invaluable architectural monument, but the revival attempts, having started almost immediately after the quake, addressed the rebuilding of the citadel through a combination of traditional and modern methods of reconstructing an ancient building. The initial efforts sought to restore the strength to the castle and save its historical identity and hue as well.  In…