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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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January 25th 2012:Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage Under Siege: Preservation and Patrimony in Wartime

Preservation of cultural heritage is one of the main concerns for nations worldwide. Yet, the maintenance and promotion of cultural patrimony poses unique concerns in areas of war and conflict. More specifically, monuments and sites symbolizing cultural heritage are often at the core of conflicts in nations embroiled in ethnic or religion-based transitions in hegemony. Afghanistan currently embodies a national struggle for identity as various groups struggle for power and dominance. The most visible aspect of cultures in conflict is their grand architecture and monuments attesting to the histo

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Dr. Laura Tedesco

Dr. Laura Tedesco serves as Cultural Heritage Program Manager for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan. She was posted in Kabul for 16 months where she oversaw and guided US efforts to support and preserve Afghan cultural heritage sites and monuments. Dr. Tedesco holds a PhD in Anthropology from New York University where her area of study included the Near East and Central Asia. Before joining the State Department, Dr. Tedesco worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has conducted field research in the Republics of Georgia and Armenia, as well as in Syria and other nations in western and south Asia.
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Omar Sultan

Mr. Omar Sultan is an expert on Afghan culture and heritage. He served as Deputy Minister of Information and Culture to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2005 through 2011. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Art and Archaeology from Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, Greece. A brilliant spokesperson and representative for the preservation of Afghan cultural heritage, Mr. Sultan is a native of Kabul and participated in several important excavations in Afghanistan in the 1970s. He currently lives in North Carolina and is a founding member of Americans for Permanent Peace in Afghanistan.
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