The CCHAG creates a variety of outreach and support materials that increase cultural heritage awareness, deepen our understanding of the military’s role in cultural heritage protection, and demonstrate our leadership in this rapidly evolving field.
Books (such as the new “Heritage and Identity: Issues in Cultural Heritage Protection” series), journal articles (such as the recently-published “Cultural Property Protection as a Force Multiplier in Stability Operations,” by CCHAG co-founder Laurie W. Rush, click the image to the right to download), as well as pamphlets, posters, presentations and other materials produced by CCHAG team members reinforce the need for Cultural Property Protection (CPP) training within DoD. These materials are part of a vast knowledge base that is incorporated in the many training and service offerings that CCHAG can tailor to meet any COCOM or Joint Force requirement.
Our growing portfolio of CPP outreach and support materials includes:
Archaeology, Cultural Property, and the Military, edited by Dr. Laurie W. Rush (Boydell & Brewer, 2010). Drawing on major contributions from seven armed forces and leading civilian and academic authorities, this book sets out the obligations to protect cultural heritage under international Conventions; provides a series of case studies of current military practice; and outlines the current efforts to enhance efforts to respect and protect cultural heritage during military operations. The essays serve as a benchmark for the future development of Historical and Cultural Property Protection training and awareness raising programs within the U.S. Department of Defense other armed forces.
A new series of books devoted to historical and cultural property protection, edited by CCHAG co-founder Dr. James A. Zeidler and CCHAG team member Dr. Joris D. Kila (founder of IMCuRWG), with the group title “Heritage and Identity: Issues in Cultural Heritage Protection” (Brill, 2012- ) is now in development. The first title is Heritage Under Siege: Military Implementation of Cultural Property Protection following the 1954 Hague Convention by Dr. Joris D. Kila (Brill, 2012). The Editorial Board for this new series also includes: Charles Garraway (UK), Patrick Boylan (UK), Karl von Habsburg (Austria), Laurie W. Rush (USA) and Thomas Schuler (Germany).
Heritage Preservation: Military Progress in the Middle East. A poster presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology (April 14-18, 2010) by Dr. Laurie W. Rush (U.S. Army, Fort Drum, NY) and Dr. James A. Zeidler (CEMML, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO). Offers a timeline of activities and achievements of the CENTCOM Historical Cultural Advisory Group and the Heritage Training for Deploying Personnel project funded by the DoD Legacy Resource Management Program, which falls within the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment.
The Heritage Preservation poster illustrates educational methods, training tools and planning assets for fostering cultural protection awareness among during pre-deployment and among deployed U.S. military personnel and international participants. This poster demonstrates CCHAG’s ability to create easy-to-understand fact-filled posters and other print-based and online information graphics for both professional and military audiences.
Powerpoint Presentations Packaged for Delivery by Your Personnel … or Our Specialists, or via the Internet. CPP trainers and subject matter experts at CCHAG excel at creating and delivering easy to understand Powerpoint presentations for training purposes or awareness raising efforts. Our presentations are designed to make best use of time spent, with localized content and examples suitable for any COCOM or Joint Force audience anywhere in the world. One example:
- Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Training presentation, developed by CCHAG co-founder Dr. Laurie W. Rush, focuses on archeological sites, providing much-needed awareness for a more sophisticated understanding of the operational landscape in unfamiliar territory. The course outline includes:
— Introduction and Regulatory and Legal Drivers;
— Need for Cultural Resources Awareness in the Global Setting
— Theater and Global Examples;
— Basic ‘Do’s” and “Dont’s” of CPP;
— Potential Impacts of Not Following Basic CPP Principles;
— Guidelines for Response to Heritage Challenges … Getting it Right;
— Resources and Training Information; and
— Associated Considerations.
CCHAG presentations can be tailored for any COCOM and Joint Force audience or purpose. Scripts can also be supplied for delivery by your personnel.
CENTCOM Shopping In Egypt Buying Guide (2007). Whether during full spectrum operations or training exercises, military personnel need supporting documentation that is easy to follow in a standardized format. During Exercise Bright Star in Egypt (2007), service personnel who were lucky enough to have a free day, and may want to visit an ancient site or purchase items for loved ones at home, were given a handy pocket guide produced by CCHAG team member Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This illustrated six-panel doubt-sided brochure which features important ‘dos and don’ts’, as well as general advice on how to avoid the illegal purchase of antiquities, key phrases for shopping and bargaining, and suggestions for the best places to buy high-quality local goods in Cairo and Luxor as well as information about archaeological site-visiting etiquette.
The product of Professor Parcak’s extensive experience working in Egypt and leading tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian, the brochure was well received by DoD personnel. Additional guides were recommended for service personnel stationed in Afghanistan and other regions.