November 30, 2016
LeMonde published an article titled “Irak: dans Nimroud libérée, un patrimoine en ruine (Iraq: In Nimrud liberated, a heritage in ruins),” (by Louis Imbert). This article discusses the damage to Nimrud and the retaking of the site by the Iraqi Army.
November 29, 2016
Heritage for Peace published its bi-weekly newsletter titled “Damage to Syria’s Heritage.”
November 28, 2016
BBC published an article titled “In pictures: The crown jewel of Iraq's railway.” This article discusses and provides photographs of Baghdad Central Station, much of which has fallen into disrepair.
Apollo Magazine published an article titled “Is the destruction of cultural property a war crime?” (by Brian Daniels & Helen Walasek). Two scholars argue that the destruction of cultural property must be considered a war crime.
November 27, 2016
Ruptly published a video titled “نمرود شاهد تاريخي على همجية "داعش (Nimrud witnesses the historic barbaric "Daesh)”. This video discusses the damage to Nimrud under ISIL.
November 25, 2016
UNESCO published a press release titled “UNESCO Director-General welcomes the liberation of Nimrud and renews the call for the protection of heritage in Iraq.” Following the liberation of the archaeological site of Nimrud, the Director-General of UNESCO reiterated her support to the people of Iraq and the need to unite for the protection of heritage in the country.
The Syria Times published an article titled “Children rebuild Aleppo city by fine arts.” Over 1200 paintings by 40 children aged 4-12 years have been featured in an exhibition titled ‘By Fine Arts We Build Aleppo' at the Fine Arts Faculty building in Aleppo.
The National published an article titled “Upcoming Abu Dhabi conference aims to protect cultural heritage in armed conflict.” The "Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage" conference is an initiative by UNESCO, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces), and French President Francois Hollande. The conference will be held at the Emirates Palace on December 2-3, 2016.
November 24, 2016
UNESCO Beirut Office published a video titled “The Value of Heritage.” The video was produced by Unite4Heritage and highlights the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage for future generations.
November 22, 2016
SNHR published a post titled “Suspected Russian forces shelled Fatima Aqeel Mosque in Al Sukari neighborhood in Aleppo city, November 21.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
November 21, 2016
Al Bawaba published an article titled “UAE, France partner to safeguard cultural heritage during conflicts.” The UAE and French governments will announce a new partnership initiative aimed at protecting cultural heritage during armed conflicts at the UNESCO Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage conference that will take place on December 2-3, 2016 at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Al Jazeera published an article titled “Sulaimania: Saving the dream city of a Kurdish prince” (by Tanya Goudsouzian). Efforts are underway to salvage what remains of old Sulaimania, once a bastion of diversity and cosmopolitanism. Much of the older historic town, founded in the 18th-century, has fallen into disrepair.
The Syria Times published an article titled “113 researchers document Syria’s civilization.” Yousef Kanjou and Akira Tsuneki have published a book titled A History of Syria in One Hundred Sites.
Reuters published an article titled “Christian heritage found ransacked as monastery retaken from Islamic State” (by Stephen Kalin). Intentional destruction and damage to Mar Behnam Monastery, recently recaptured from ISIL militants, is examined.
November 20, 2016
Reuters published an article titled “Church in northern Iraq reopened after two years under IS control” (by Mohammad al-Ramahi & Azad Lashkari). Mar Kurkees Syrian Orthodox Church in Bashiqa has reopened and repairs have begun following the area’s recent recapture from ISIL militants by Peshmerga forces.
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces shelled Mashatiya Mosque in Al Jaloom neighborhood in Aleppo city, November 19.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces targeted Al Hussein Mosque in Binnesh city in Idlib governorate in November 20.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
November 18, 2016
PR Newswire published an article titled “Antiquities Coalition Launches New Think Tank Promoting Innovative Solutions To Combat Cultural Racketeering.” The Antiquities Coalition launched a Cultural Heritage Think Tank to explore solutions to pressing challenges in cultural heritage. Ricardo St. Hilaire authored a paper titled “How to End Impunity for Antiquities Traffickers: Assemble a Cultural Heritage Crimes Prosecution Team," the first in a series of policy briefs by specialists from the public and private sectors.
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces targeted Al Qadeem Mosque in Kafr Batna city in Damascus suburbs in November 18.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
SNHR published a post titled “Suspected Russian forces targeted on Barseen Mosque in Al Ma’adi neighborhood in Aleppo city, November 17.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
SNHR published a post titled “Suspected Russian forces targeted Hamza Mosque in Anadan city in Aleppo governorate, November 17.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces targeted Al Kabir Mosque in Jisreen town in Damascus suburbs in November 18.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike.
Le Figaro published an article titled “Les chrétiens d'Irak retrouvent leurs églises (Iraqi Christians return to their churches)” (by Sylvain Tesson). Christians in Qaraqosh were recently able to celebrate their first Mass in two years, following the recapture of the area from ISIL militants.
Le Figaro published an article titled “Les chrétiens d'Orient en mode survie (The Eastern Christians in survival mode)” (by Jean-François Colosimo). Current threats to Eastern Christians in the Middle East, especially terrorism and sectarian violence, are discussed. Photographs of damage to sites in Qaraqosh accompany the report.
November 17, 2016
CNN published an article titled “Teen hits back at ISIS by sculpting Nimrud’s ruined artifacts” (by Basma Atassi). A young Iraqi artist sculpts statues based on artifacts destroyed by ISIL militants at Nimrud.
MESH published an article titled “Nimrud assessment after liberation.” Before and after photos of Nimrud are analyzed to assess damage at the site.
DGAM published an article titled “Mr. Luis Monreal, General Manager of Aga Khan Trust for Culture in the National Museum of Damascus.” The General Manager of Aga Khan Trust for Culture visited the National Museum of Damascus to discuss procedures for protecting Syrian cultural heritage.
DGAM published an article titled “Meeting on the first aid support for Damascus old city had concluded in Beirut.” The DGAM met with UNESCO officials and others to discuss emergency safeguarding of Syrian cultural heritage, with a focus on Old Damascus, where fighting has recently escalated.
DGAM published an article titled “An exhibition titled The Battle of Syria to Defend Its History at National Center for Visual Arts.” The exhibition includes a number of artifacts confiscated by Syrian authorities and Lebanese General Security.
November 16, 2016
Multiple news agencies published articles discussing recent looting and destruction of the Ziggurat at Nimrud by ISIL militants.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxMBST2BdDM (France 24)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcJuhKFfvEA (Wall Street Journal)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wusHBYZlkng (Mosul TV)
Medmak published an article titled “مدير عام الآثار السورية: 99% من التراث السوري "بخير" واقتراح هولاند مرفوض (Director General of Syrian Antiquities: 99% of Syrian heritage "fine" and Hollande's proposal is rejected).” According to Maamoun Abdulkarim, 99% of Syrian cultural heritage is safe and the DGAM refuses French President Hollande's recent proposal to move artifacts to France for safekeeping.
The ASOR Annual Meeting took place on November 16-19, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Topics included “From Prosperity to Austerity: Cultural Heritage Management in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq” (ASOR CHI’s Allison Cuneo), “Ghabrestan-i Topzawa: An Achaemenid Tomb in Iraqi Kurdistan” (ASOR CHI’s Kyra Kaercher), and “Introduction to Hasanlu VII Period” (ASOR CHI’s Michael Danti). Michael Danti was also a discussant for the “Archaeology in Kurdistan” Session.
Now Toronto published an article titled “The challenges of protecting Syrian heritage in crisis” (by Fran Schechter). The exhibit “Syria: A Living History” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto explores Syrian art from prehistory to the present day.
Artnet published an article titled “Art Recovery International Launches Global Database to Protect Cultural Heritage” (by Caroline Elbaor). Art Recovery International (ARI) announced the launch of Artive, a new non-profit organization formed with the aim of protecting and preserving the world’s cultural heritage through technological means.
November 15, 2016
The Australian published an article titled “Syria’s brave monuments men triumph amid tears and ruin” (by Christina Lamb). Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s Director-General of Antiquities and Museums, is interviewed.
Il Velino published an article titled “Iraq, Carabinieri: a Baghdad il corso ‘Tutela Patrimonio Culturale’ per la polizia irachena.” The Cultural Heritage Protection branch of the Carabinieri held a program for Iraqi police aimed at the development of skills to protect Iraqi cultural heritage.
Crux published an article titled “Digital history captures story of Middle Eastern Christianity” (by Robin Darling Young). Scholars at the Catholic University of America have initiated a digital history project that aims to create an online archive of the life and language of the Christian communities of the Middle East.
Rudaw published an article titled “Mosul battle damages major archeological sites” (by Judit Neurink). ASOR CHI’s Michael Danti discusses the ongoing destruction of and damage to multiple archaeological sites near Mosul.
Smithsonian published an article titled “ISIS has destroyed a nearly 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian ziggurat” (by Danny Lewis). The recent destruction of the ziggurat at Nimrud by ISIL militants is discussed.
November 14, 2016
Several news agencies published articles discussing the recent recapture of the ancient site of Nimrud from ISIL militants. ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0045.
BBC published an article titled “Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’.” ASOR CHI’s Michael Danti discusses the ongoing destruction to the ancient site of Nimrud, including recent findings of damage to the Ziggurat. ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0045.
Reuters published an article titled “Drones fly over ancient Nimrud to help secure Assyrian ruins” (by Ahmed Rasheed). The Iraqi army is using unarmed drones to survey the recently recaptured site of Nimrud in order to monitor the area for remaining threats.
The Guardian published an article titled “The UK should lead on heritage protection.” A letter signed by various MPs and heritage scholars in the UK urges the UK government to use its newly created cultural protection fund (CPF) to support the International Blue Shield, highlighting the fact that the committee stage of the cultural property (armed conflict) bill will take place on November 15, 2016 in the House of Commons.
SNHR published a post titled “Suspected Russian forces targeted Mashmashan Mosque in Mashmashan town in Idlib governorate, November 14.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0168.
Heritage for Peace published its bi-weekly newsletter titled “Damage to Syria’s Heritage - 14 November 2016.”
November 13, 2016
INews published an article titled “Treasures worth billions of dollars ‘hidden in free ports to fund ISIS’” (by Cahal Milmo). Milmo discusses the use of ‘free ports’ in hiding ISIL trafficked antiquities.
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces targeted Al Huda mosque in Khan Al Sheeh camp in Damascus suburbs governorate, November 13.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0167.
Al Monitor published an article titled “How NGOs are helping preserve Syria’s heritage” (by Florence Massena). This article discusses various international organizations, including APSA, Shirin International, and ICONEM, working to protect Syrian cultural heritage.
November 12, 2016
Telegraph published an article titled “We’ve hidden our treasures from Isil, only a handful know the secret location’, says Syria’s antiquities chief” (by Josie Ensor). From Damascus, Syria’s Director of Antiquities Maamoun Abdulkarim discusses his efforts to hide museum objects and protect them from looters.
DGAM published an article titled “The Three-Day High Level Forum for Museums was finished.” Museum curators and experts gathered at a UNESCO forum in Shenzen, China from November 9-12, 2016 to explore how museums can contribute to global sustainable development and intercultural communication.
November 11, 2016
The Irish Times published an article titled “Why the tide of ‘cultural cleansing’ must be rolled back” (by Mounir Bouchenaki). This article argues that in countries like Syria, cultural heritage must “become an instrument for bringing warring parties closer and reconciling them, a starting point for the resumption of dialogue and the construction of a common future.”
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces targeted Abi Obayda Bin Al Jarrah Mosque in Kafr Zaita city in Hama governorate in November 11.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0166.
November 10, 2016
DGAM published an article titled “A set of Palmyrene funerary busts.” A set of Palmyrene funerary busts was recovered from a former ISIL headquarter in the city of Palmyra.
Niqash published an article titled “In Basra, Locals Set Up ‘Museums’ At Home” (by Ammar al-Saleh). Locals in Basra display private collections of antiques and antiquities in their homes.
National Geographic published an article titled “Iconic Ancient Sites Ravaged in ISIS’s Last Stand in Iraq” (by Kristin Romey). The article discusses ASOR CHI’s recent reporting on the destruction of the Nimrud Ziggurat and severe damage caused by military digging at Khorsabad.
November 9, 2016
Syria Untold published an article titled “The Long Walk to Protect Syrian Artifacts” (by Cristel Abou Anni). Cheikhmous Ali of APSA 2011 is interviewed regarding the illegal antiquities trade in Syria.
November 8, 2016
CPH Post published an article titled “An attack on cultural heritage is an attack on our bodies – in Syria and beyond.” Syrian-Armenian photographer Angélique Sanossian’s new exhibition ‘Moharamat’ opened at Nordvest Bibliotek in Copenhagen. The exhibit highlights the destruction of heritage in Syria.
SNHR published a post titled “Government forces targeted Tarmala Mosque in Tarmala town in Idlib governorate, November 8.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0165.
November 5, 2016
SNHR published a post titled “Suspected Russian forces targeted Abu Bakr Al Sedeeq Mosque in Daret Azza city in Aleppo governorate, November 5.” A mosque was damaged in an airstrike. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0163.
November 4, 2016
DGAM published an article titled “UNESCO International Conference on World Heritage Sites and Museums.” DGAM participated in a conference at the Regional Centre for World Heritage Sites in Bahrain from November 3-4, 2016.
SNHR published a post titled “Armed opposition forces targeted Zain Al Abedeen Mosque in Halab Al Jadedeh neighborhood in Aleppo city, November 3.” A mosque in Aleppo was damaged by shelling. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0162.
November 3, 2016
Universität Tübingen published an article titled “Bedeutende bronzezeitliche Stadt im Nordirak entdeckt” (“Significant Bronze Age City in Northern Iraq”). Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen discovered a large bronze age complex near the town of Dohuk.
The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy (NEA/PPD) and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/CHC) announced an open competition for the FY 2017 Safeguarding the Heritage of the Near East Initiative Collaborative Services Award. The deadline for proposals is December 14, 2016.
The Portugal News published an article titled “Lisbon hosts international conference on cultural heritage crises.” The Musée Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon hosted a conference titled “Cultural Heritage: Prevention, Response and Recovery from Disasters” from November 3-4, 2016.
GIM International published an article titled “Crowdsourcing the Reconstruction of Lost Heritage.” This article discusses the ongoing work of Rekrei, a project using crowdsourcing and photogrammetry to recreate destroyed or damaged sites.
November 2, 2016
The Louvre opened a temporary exhibit titled “History Begins in Mesopotamia.” The exhibit will run from November 2, 2016 - January 23, 2017.
The Art Newspaper published an article titled “Louvre may safeguard artefacts from war-torn areas” (by Gareth Harris). At the opening of an exhibit on Mesopotamia at the Louvre, Francois Hollande suggested that endangered works of art from war-torn regions may be housed at the Louvre’s planned new storage facility in Liévin.
November 1, 2016
BBC The Inquiry released an audio report titled “What’s the Story of Aleppo.” The report includes an interview with The Day After Project (TDA) Director Amr al-Azm.
DGAM published an article titled “Latest News on Dura Europos.” ISIL militants continue to loot the site of Dura Europos, with locals allegedly participating in the illegal excavations and receiving a cut of the profits from the finds. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0161.
BBC published an article titled “A new use for Saddam Hussein’s palace” (by Husna Haq). Saddam Hussein’s former Lakeside Palace has been converted into the Basra Museum.