Photo of the Week

Check out that trench! Archaeologists dig deep while excavating an ancient Moche tomb in San Jose de Moro, Peru, site of SPI’s first “People Not Stones” project.

Videos from the 2012 “Unlisted” Conference Now Online

Videos from the 2012 “Unlisted” Conference hosted by the American Institute for Roman Culture last month in Rome, Italy are now online! Check them out here at the AIRC’s website or here on the WEDIGROME channel on YouTube.

Particularly interesting is the presentation by Ben Lee and Joshua Neckes discussing the role of technology in disseminating cultural heritage and that of Steven Ellis, Director of excavations at Pompeii, who talked about outreach to both local and global communities.

Social media, communities, technology, and communication–let’s  get creative using these to preserve our shared global cultural heritage!

San Jose de Moro and Pampas Gramalote Products Available for Sale on NOVICA Next Month

The mission of NOVICA, an online company that has partnered with National Geographic, is not a small one: “We want to call for a home decor revolution, if we would be so bold.” And a revolution they have started, as they seek to support local artisans and their work by connecting them to buyers online.

SPI has recently partnered with NOVICA, which will sell the replica ceramics of San Jose de Moro and carved gourds and woven mats of Pampas Gramalote on their website. The income derived from this sale will further support the communities and their locally-created and -run businesses which necessitate the preservation of their precious cultural heritage sites.

Similar to SPI, NOVICA seeks to form mutually beneficial connections: “We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.”

The locally-crafted pieces of San Jose de Moro and Pampas Gramalote will be available for sale on NOVICA next month. Take the opportunity to browse and buy their one-of-a-kind treasures that support the preservation of endangered archaeological sites! 

Photo of the Week

Incallajta, Bolivia: The ancient Incan site in central Bolivia where the idea for SPI was born. Check out the whole story in this BigThink.com video featuring SPI founder and Executive Director Larry Coben.

New Facebook Photo Albums

Hi all! Check out our new photo albums on our Facebook profile featuring Pisaq (in Peru), Bolivia, SPI’s project at San Jose de Moro (in Peru),  and our NYC and LA events this past fall: http://www.facebook.com/groups/SustPres/photos/.

Photo of the Week

Beautiful carved gourd created by a local artisan near the endangered archaeological site of Pampas Gramalote. SPI’s grant provides local artisans with capital for creating such works of art, whose sale produces a sustainable income for the community.