ARCHES (At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series)




Smarthistory (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities)



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The lecture series on At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series (ARCHES) is offered as a mini-course on endangered heritage around the globe. ARCHES is a collaborative project that relied on scholars from many different disciplines, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture is hosted by Smarthistory's official website.

Taken together, these short videos and essays can serve as a stand-alone unit, however ARCHES was also designed to help instructors integrate the subject of endangered cultural heritage into their existing curriculum. 

Themes covered under the lecture series include:

  • Role of archaeology in understanding the difference between restoration and conservation
  • Destruction, trafficking, and protection
  • Cultural heritage at risk in Syria
  • Endangered heritage in Africa
  • Endangered heritage in Europe and West Asia