ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 57–58 (September 2, 2015 – September 15, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Kyra Kaercher, Katherine Burge, Mariana Gabriel, and LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

Download Report 57–58

Key points from this report:

  • New evidence of undocumented destruction in the Valley of the Tombs at Palmyra, including severe damage and total destruction of seven Tower Tombs using DigitalGlobe satellite imagery.
  • Satellite imagery shows ongoing looting and militarization at the site of Apamea and new evidence of these activities at Tell Houach.
  • New propaganda from ISIL was released, depicting the destruction of the Deir Mar Elian monastery, the Baalshamin Temple, and the Temple of Bel.
  • DigitalGlobe satellite imagery confirms the extent of damage to the Baalshamin and Temple of Bel.
  • The Day After Heritage Protection Initiative produced a comprehensive report on the damage to archaeological sites in the Manbej and Jarablus Regions.

* 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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