Julio was born and lived his entire life in San Jose de Moro, Peru, site of a famed Moche cemetery and ritual center. Until 2011, Julio was a part-time day laborer in town, working for under ten dollars a day when jobs were available.
Military occupation is not only bad news for the people who live in Timbuktu, but also for its world-renowned centers of learning that house precious manuscripts, some of which date to the 13th century.
On October 5, 1804, the Santa María de las Mercedes sank, filled with gold and silver coins, worth $500 million. The treasure lay on the ocean floor for over two centuries, until, in 2007, it was discovered and a new battle began.
Though it covers a huge range of disciplines, cultural heritage involves anything that defines us as social human beings, encompassing both the tangible and intangible. It is vital that we conserve and preserve it.