ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 55–56 (August 18, 2015 – September 1, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Allison Cuneo, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Katherine Burge, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, and Erin Van Gessel

Download Report 55–56

Key points from this report:

  • The Day After Heritage Protection Initiative produced a comprehensive report on the damage to the Khan Assaad Pasha.
  • New information on the damage to the German storehouse at Tell Chuera.
  • ISIL-affiliates attacked Islamic shrines and cemeteries in Hama, al-Hasakah, and ar-Raqqa Governorates.
  • DGAM posted images of possible damage to three sites within the World Heritage Site of Jabal Simeon Park.
  • The Dier Mar Elian Monastery in Homs Governorate was intentionally destroyed by ISIL militants while hundreds of native Christians were abducted.
  • APSA reports looting at Tell Adeh in Idlib.
  • Baalshamin Temple at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria was intentionally destroyed by ISIL militants.
  • The Temple of Bel, also at the site of Palmyra, was severely damaged by ISIL militants.
  • In Mosul, modern replicas of Mesopotamian reliefs located in the Nineveh Owbrawi Hotel were defaced by ISIL militants.
  • The Abu Bakr Mosque was attacked and two Christian churches were vandalized by ISIL militants.
  • Turkish customs officials confiscated 3,300 Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman artifacts discovered in a truck at Istanbul's Pendik port.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is alerting art collectors and dealers to be particularly careful trading Near Eastern antiquities, warning that artifacts plundered by terrorist organizations such as ISIL are entering the marketplace.

* This report is based on research conducted by the “Syria Preservation Initiative: Planning for Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria." Weekly reports reflect reporting from a variety of sources and may contain unverified material. As such, they should be treated as preliminary and subject to change.

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