Many valuable antiques have been destroyed or are in danger of being destroyed. The wonderful statues of Buddha in Bamyan have gone so too has the historic market place in Syria. Iraq has suffered grave losses too. Then there are pending dangers like the case of Greece, which due to the current crisis,is unable to protect some of the most valuable historic sites in the world. Why is it so important to preserve our historic heritage? Do your research and write your essay.
Reading material to annotate
1. “Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History” This is a long but wonderful text highlighting various aspects of the issue. You need to keep clicking next at the bottom of the page. http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/idealabs/ap/essays/looking.htm
2. “Historic Preservation” This article is all about what is being done in the US and the UK but should provide you with an inkling as to what the rest of the world should be doing. http://geography.about.com/od/urbaneconomicgeography/a/historicpreserv.htm
Video accompanied by text to read, annotate, listen and make notes on
1. “The Importance of Preserving Historical Artifacts: A look at the Museum of Art’s Islamic Wing” This brilliant article is accompanied by a ted video access to which is provided. Click on the link, listen and make notes http://blog.ted.com/2012/10/05/the-importance-of-preserving-cultural-artifacts-a-look-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/
The video by the same author on the same subject, titled “Weaving Narratives in Museum Galleries” can be found at http://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_p_campbell_weaving_narratives_in_museum_galleries.html