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Bayt Farhi, a Jewish house in Damascus
Bayt Farhi, a Jewish house in Damascus

Bayt Farhi, a Sephardic palace in Ottoman Damascus, helps us to learn about the complex history of Damascus's Jewish quarter and ongoing challenges with contemporary restorations

Unearthing New York’s history of slavery
Unearthing New York’s history of slavery

The remains of thousands of enslaved New Yorkers lay below the streets, sidewalks, and towers of lower Manhattan

Ceremonial belt (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Ceremonial belt (Kwakwaka’wakw)

Learn about the complex history of a 19th-century Kwakwaka'wakw belt and its relationship to Kwakwaka'wakw cultural revitalization, World's Fairs, and photographic manipulation.

The Renaissance Synagogues of Venice
The Renaissance Synagogues of Venice

The original Ghetto, on a small Venetian island, hides Renaissance era synagogues of startling beauty

Venice’s San Marco, a mosaic of spiritual treasure
Venice’s San Marco, a mosaic of spiritual treasure

Acts of sacred theft, Venice as a mosaic of treasures from afar

Ancient Babylon: excavations, restorations and modern tourism
Ancient Babylon: excavations, restorations and modern tourism

Invasion, reconstruction, and trafficking all threaten this biblical site—but even today, Iraqis regularly visit.

Seneca Village: the lost history of African Americans in New York
Seneca Village: the lost history of African Americans in New York

The long forgotten residents of Seneca Village were evicted to make way for Central Park.

Palmyra: the modern destruction of an ancient city
Palmyra: the modern destruction of an ancient city

Terrorists overran Palmyra twice despite international cries for protection, sowing irreversible destruction.

Unearthing the Aztec past, the destruction of the Templo Mayor
Unearthing the Aztec past, the destruction of the Templo Mayor

The Spanish destroyed the main Aztec temple: an expression of spiritual and political conquest.

Voyage to the moai of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Voyage to the moai of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Easter Island is world famous, but local people are only now reasserting control over their history.