A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Photographs courtesy the World Monuments Fund
The World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit organization whose goal it is to protect and spread awareness of cultural heritage in peril around the world, has just released its WMW List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, 2002. Archaeological sites, historic town centers, and well-known monuments make up the Watch's list, which hopes to preserve the threatened sites and bring them to international attention.
"Again the Watch program has turned up an astonishing array of cultural sites in peril," says WMF vice-president of programs John Stubbs. "We can only hope that our success rate in helping the sites on the new list will be as great as in past years."
The World Monuments Watch added an unprecedented 101st site--Historic Lower Manhattan--as the list went to press in the wake of the World Trade Center destruction.
Among the most ancient sites on the list for 2002 are the following:(Links to photographs where available)