The article that I read was titled Mali World Heritage site in danger: UNESCO
(https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2016/07/mali-world-heritage-site-in-danger.html#sQyt98UueYisoGas.97). This article explained that the Mali World Heritage site is “in danger of deteriorating because it cannot be protected adequately in the face of insecurity.” The Mali World Heritage site is a combination of four different archaeological sites with almost 2,000 houses that have remained intact since the 3rd century BC. However, a combination of political unrest, erosion, and violence have put the site in danger. According to the article, the Malian government is dealing with a multitude of challenges (including the destruction of archaeological sites and shrines by al-Qaeda forces) that has taken resources away from their efforts to preserve its archaeological sites.
In week one, we learned the importance of preserving archaeological sites/discoveries. It is important to preserve archaeological findings because not only does it give us an insight into the past, but it allows us to preserve methods that would not otherwise be possible in this modern day. Nowadays, archaeologists go to great lengths to preserve their findings, so it is very unfortunate when political issues threaten the security of those findings. Hopefully the Malian government will be able to solve this problem, as it would be a shame to see such rich history deteriorate.