Monthly Archives: March 2014

The National Pre-Columbian Mural Heritage Conservation Program

The National Pre-Columbian Mural Conservation Program was implemented in 2010 by the National Anthropology and History Institute’s Cultural Heritage Conservation division. [1] The National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) “researches, preserves and disseminates the archaeological, anthropological, historical and paleontological nation … Continue reading

Posted in archaeology, INAH, Mexico, Mural conservation, nanotechnology, National Anthropology & History Institute Heritage Conservation, Teotihuacan, wall paintings | 1 Comment

Cultural Heritage: Chactun, Mexico

In his critically acclaimed novel 1984, author George Orwell wrote that “the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history”[i]. To understand a culture fully, one must first develop an understanding … Continue reading

Posted in ceramics, Chactun, Classical period, hieroglyphs, Mayan civilization, Pyramids | Leave a comment

Cultural Heritage: Bandurria, Peru and Chotuna- Chornancap, Peru

Located on South America’s Pacific coast with a population of twenty-seven million, Peru borders Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile as well as Colombia and Ecuador. The Amazon takes up about fifty percent of the nation’s territory and includes the Amazon River … Continue reading

Posted in Amazon, Archaeological Project Bandurria, Bandurria, Chotuna- Chornancap, Huaura, human sacrifice, Peru, Pyramids, royal tombs, Sustainable Preservation Initiative | Leave a comment

Art Restoration: “Mitin Obrero” (Workers’ Meeting) by David Alfaro Siqueiros, in Los Angeles

David Alfaro Siqueiros has been widely known to have been interested and to have had a strong influence on the political and social dimensions of art. This was due to the fact that he grew up in Mexico with radical … Continue reading

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Peruvian Artifact Trafficking/ Looted Art Auctions

The trafficking of artifacts in the context of this article is referring to artifacts of cultural significance that have been illegally trafficked out of source countries such as Peru, to market states like the United States. This illicit exportation of … Continue reading

Posted in art auctions, art crime, art law, Barbier-Mueller collection, Moche, Peru, Peru vs Johnson, tourism, trafficking, UNESCO | Leave a comment

The Mascho Piro

The Mascho Piro are an indigenous tribe who live in the South American country of Peru.  According to a BBC article, “The Mashco-Piro are one of the several tribes designated by the government as “uncontacted people”.  Uncontacted is a short-hand … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Purus National Park, Amazon rainforest, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Jesuit, Mascho Piro, Peru, Rubber Boom, uncontacted people, UNESCO | Leave a comment

Intangible Heritage: Hotel del Salto, Colombia

Colombia has a rich and diverse culture and history but has been marginalized and placed into a “box” of stereotypes by the Western world. “Colombia” tends to conjure images of drug trafficking and other forms of violence, negative stereotypes that … Continue reading

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Peruvian Artifact Trafficking

To understand the process of art trafficking in the Peruvian context, we must first consider what an artefact is. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) presents two definitions for the term artefact demonstrating that this term has a specific meaning within different … Continue reading

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Art Crime in Brazil

International art crime is a phenomenon that is on the rise in conjunction with the struggling world economy; however, the trend is particularly emphasized in Latin American countries where such artistic valuables are often unprotected (Werner, 3). This paper will … Continue reading

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