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Protecting Cultural Heritage After the Nepal Quake

Protecting Cultural Heritage After the Nepal Quake

On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 8,000 people and injuring thousands more. The quake damaged buildings throughout the Kathmandu Valley and collapsed temples in the region's three Durbar Squares—Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur—all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, widespread fear and rumors of looting spread throughout the region. The government responded by dispatching military and police to secure the devastated locations. …read more

Lesson Plan

After the Quake: Preserving the Artifacts of Kathmandu

In this lesson, students explore cultural artifacts in Nepal and discuss ways in which artifacts are used in their daily lives.