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The importance of material heritage to the study of history and culture and how far present efforts of conservation supports this 1 Definition of heritage 11 Material heritage 12 Cultural heritage 2 The importance of heritage 21How material heritage is important to the study of history and culture 22Importance of heritage to the inculcation of national identity 3 Conservation and results 31The types of conservation 32Principals of conservation 33What is being conserved what is not 34To what extent are conservation efforts benefiting society 35The balance between conservation and development 4 Conclusion 41The importance of heritage to society 42Areas of conservation that must be given more emphasis 1 Definition The Cambridge International Dictionary of English defines heritage as features belonging to the culture of a particular society such as traditions languages or buildings which still exist from the past and which have a historical importance From this definition it is clear that heritage goes further then to include cultural tradition and languages as part of heritage as opposed to popular belief that heritage are merely material artefacts that ware made a significant amount of time ago However Cambridge does not go so far as to explain what is of historical importance When does a certain artefact or cultural practise stops becoming historically important and does this happen because of passage of time where it is too old to make a difference to society or because the way society evolved More often than not what is considered fascinating has nothing in common with present practices A good example of this is the mummification practises of the ancient Egyptian people The research done on this subject has sparked public interest both locally and internationally However it is clear that this custom is
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