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New MOOC: Heritage under threat

Cultural heritage throughout the world is under threat from wars, neglect and looting. Learn more about it during a free online course.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Heritage under threat will start in November on the Coursera online platform. It is an initiative of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, a partnership between the universities in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam.

Leiden archaeologist Sada Mire will be presenting the MOOC. The course will put the current destruction of cultural heritage - as is going on in the Middle East for example - into perspective. Participants will learn why this period is unique in history. They will also look at how heritage can be protected, using new technologies, for instance.

The MOOC is available free to anyone who is interested in the subject; no prior knowledge is needed. The course is aimed at archaeologists and other academics, but is also suitable for anyone who is concerned about the future of cultural heritage. 

In the words of the lecturer

The MOOC lecturer Sada Mire gave a talk on 13 June during the Europe Lecture in The Hague. 'Excavations and remnants often show that the past is much more pluralistic than we think. It forces us to put things into perspective: apparently we don't all need to have the same origin or skin colour to live together in peace.' Read the full interview.

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