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Iranian Heritage in Danger (II): Bam Citadel

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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!

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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

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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…