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…

Young Researchers in World Heritage Launch!

Welcome back!
As part of the 3rdInternational Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage, we are looking for early researchers in World Heritage. Our goal is to create a space to bring together early researchers and young professionals in World Heritage who want to share their projects and works with the wider academic and social communities. In doing this, we aim to foster new connections between the future specialists in heritage management and organisations, departments and institutions presently managing heritage. But… how to get involved?
We ask you to send the following to us (buenaspracticaspm@gmail.com)to create your profile in our blog (a blog with over 50.000 visits from all over the world!!):
A short video (between 30 sec.-1 min) explaining your current project and why you got interested in your research topic/ workA professional photograph, some keywords to ease search as well as your Linkedin and/or Academia.edu profiles… and, of course, your department/institution’s nam…

Iranian Heritage in Danger (I): Pasargadae

Adopted by the General Conference at its seventeenth session Paris, 16 November 1972, convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage, parts of the cultural or natural heritage are of outstanding interest, therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole. However, World Heritage sites, each should have the highest standards of conservation and management. Not only there are not any prospective plans for long-term preservation in some sites but also there are not any short-term plans for their conservation. Iran, one of the oldest civilizations, has no shortage of both cultural and natural significant sites to see. When it comes to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it boasts impressive several registered cultural sites:
Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008) Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004) Bisotun (2006) Cultural Landscape of Maymand (2015) Golestan Palace (2013) Gonbad-e Qābus (2012) Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan ( 201…

#News - El poder del patrimonio cultural para llegar a la paz mundial

Tanto el final del mes de Abril como el inicio de Mayo han estado caracterizados por una gran variedad de noticias. Aunque es cierto que la mayoría han sido negativas, hay que destacar como positiva la celebración en Atenas del I Foro de Civilizaciones Antiguas. En este, representantes de diez naciones se reunieron con el fin de promover la paz a partir de la cultura y terminar con las confrontaciones, la inestabilidad internacional y la violencia. La intención de dicha celebración es que tenga lugar una vez al año, con la posibilidad de que puedan participar cada vez mas países, siendo también invitados, dependiendo de los temas a tratar, organizaciones internacionales como la ONU y la Unesco. En este se elaboraran proyectos comunes teniendo siempre como ejes fundamentales la tolerancia, la aceptación y la colaboración mutua entre los participantes, con el fin de favorecer un futuro común mejor. (1)
Como todas las semanas, la Guerra de Siria no ha dejado de ser una de las protagonis…

At the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference...

Today we took part of the first Public Archaeology Twitter Conference... quite an experience!
Now we wanted to share our tweets here, with some insights on out community involvement.

Hi from @JaimeAlmansa & @AliCastilloMena at @gpcultural#PACThttps://t.co/1oL9SkUSJJ — Buenas Prácticas PM (@CongresoBPPM) 28 de abril de 2017
In 2015 we celebrated the 2nd #BestPracticesWH focused on people and communities #PATCpic.twitter.com/XR9FjVv73l — Buenas Prácticas PM (@CongresoBPPM) 28 de abril de 2017
Our SM covered Facebook https://t.co/EyDud2UJLg & Twitter raising reaching1st in users for #heritage & #archaeology conferences #PATCpic.twitter.com/siv6z8KeX8 — Buenas Prácticas PM (@CongresoBPPM) 28 de abril de 2017
Defining digit. comm. was not easy. 1st focus was on academia & profession, but being about people and communities we needed more #PATC — Buenas Prácticas PM (@CongresoBPPM) 28 de abril de 2017
Reach was a surprise: more on local people than international academics …