By Nir Hasson
Human beings have been using bows and arrows to hunt animals and kill their enemies for tens of thousands of years. But in the seventh century B.C., a new, especially lethal version of the weapon appeared in the Near East, which would change the face of battle: arrows with wooden shafts to which the arrowheads were attached with sockets.
The website of the project named "Documentation and Promotion of the Syriac Intangible Heritage in Mardin Region" is now online. Funded by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the project's main purpose is safeguarding the intangible values through the documentation and dissemination of the information on the cultural practices of the Syriac community in the Mardin region and...
Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham, 81, son of a Syriac [Assyrian] migrant who arrived in the United States from the Levant at the end of the Ottoman era, has been named the honorary president of the International Migration Film Festival -- which will be held for the first time from June 14-21.
Much like other art institutions, the British Museum is finding new ways to engage with audiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Among its digital initiatives are lo-fi and rather delightful fictional travel guides to ancient cities. Slightly geeky, overly informative, gamely contributed -- these are British to the extreme.
Trichur, India -- How much do we actually know about this Kottayam-based community apart from the 'Chacko ettan' cultural stereotyping and the lip-smacking mappas? Well, there's a lot more to it than that. Shrouded in mystery and a whole lot of customs and tradition, the Syrian Christians have been around in Kerala for a long, long time.
By Amy Lilly
On May 4, the 10 Middlebury College students in Sarah Laursen's course on digital methodologies for art historians held their final class of the semester on Zoom. That wasn't unusual, because Middlebury, like other colleges around the state and country, had sent their students home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.