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Rome has recently been the victim of numerous incidents of fallen trees across the capital, causing costly damage and creating serious hazards.

AUR is very happy to congratulate Anjum Malik (M.A. Sustainable Cultural Heritage 2019) on her newly appointed position with the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) as special assistant to the Chairman, Dr. Tariq Banuri.

During AUR’s spring break 2019, Sustainable Cultural Heritage students were immersed in an intensive week of learning about conservation planning. The course included both lectures and on-location demonstrations of how cultural site managers perform conservation.

Sarah Simione (M.A. SCH Class of 2018) lands a position with Archaeological Tours
 

Barbara Nazzaro is an architect and serves as technical director of the Colosseum. She began the tour with a summary of the nearly 2,000-year history of the amphitheater.

On September 25, Sustainable Cultural Heritage MA students attended the American Academy’s special lecture series featuring renowned scholar of antiquity, Professor Mary Beard.

Italy’s most iconic monuments have no end of surprises, as AUR students learned during summer excavations at the Colosseum and Imperial Fora.

Dr. Naidu presented a discussion on the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 50 km outside of Johannesburg. This site, which is one of eight in South Africa, is the world’s richest hominin site and contains nearly 40% of the world’s fossils of this extinct life form.

Last weekend over ninety specialists in combatting art crime met in the small Umbrian town of Amelia for the annual ARCA (Art Crimes Research Association) conference. It could be said that the conference came at just the right moment.

AUR students learned how to protect themselves and great works of art in a seminar led by Dick Drent, former security director at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and an expert on anti-terrorism and criminal profiling. To practice their skills, students went on a stealth mission at a local museum.

“I guarantee after today, you will never walk into a museum without looking at how easy it was to come in and how to escape,” said Drent, whose company, OmniRisk, advises curators and professionals at museums and heritage sites on how to protect their valuables -- and visitors.

Art and relics are under siege these days – stolen by terrorists to fund their activities or the mafia to use as a commodity or ransom for lower prison sentences. In recent years, visitors at museums and cultural sites have also been killed by suicidal gunmen and hostage takers.  

In this environment, everyone needs to be on guard.