Abstract: Protecting the Past to Secure the Future


Driven by the belief that preservation of cultural property can provide shared goals and an opportunity for cross cultural and trans-national dialogue, a group of archaeologists, museum professionals, military engineers, and officers are working together at the national and international level to develop teaching materials and planning resources specifically designed to help members of military forces identify and respect cultural property and the heritage of citizens of host nations. Like it or not, members of fighting forces are often the very people humanity must rely on to save sacred places, historic structures, collections of cultural property such as museums and libraries, and even archaeological sites from the ravages of disaster both natural and man-made. From heritage mapping, to archaeology awareness playing cards, to video games and lectures, this lecture describes teaching methods, preservation accomplishments in conflict and disaster areas, plans for future effort and international cooperation, and the potential implications of these efforts for peace keeping and peace-making.

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:


Charney, Noah 2014 The Real Monuments Men are Even More Heroic, Esquire Magazine, available here

Rush, Laurie W. 2012 “Working with the Military to Protect Archaeological Sites and other Forms of Cultural Property.”  Journal of World Archaeology. 44:3, 359-377.

Laurie Rush (2012): Working with the military to protect archaeological sites and other forms of cultural property, World Archaeology, 44:3, 359-377, available here

Rush, Laurie W. 2012  “Cultural Property Protection as a Force Multiplier in Stability Operations; World War II Monuments Officers Lessons Learned”  Military Review.  March-April, 2012, pp.  36-43, available here


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