While not exactly about practical conservation work, a news item last month seemed to give a bit of hope for the wider picture of, if not preserving, at least making a record of cultural heritage in danger. The collaboration was announced between the Institute of Digital Archaeology in Oxford and Harvard University, with a plan to make a high tech record of endangered heritage sites in Iraq and Syria. The idea is to distribute up to 10,000 digital mapping cameras to use to record the sites in as much detail as possible. It isn’t yet clear exactly how this can be carried out on the ground, but it seems a positive step to try to at least record as much information as possible. It is hoped that the mapping will also be helpful in monitoring looted and illicitly trafficked artifacts.
More details about the campaign can be found here: