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Call for Papers! Deadline 30th September

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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:

 − MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: VALUE OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE.
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

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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…