June 5, 2017
International Business Times published an article titled “4,000-year-old lost Mesopotamian city discovered in Iraqi Kurdistan” (by Martha Henriques). A team from Adam Mickiewicz University discovered a site called Xarb-i Kilashin in northern Iraqi Kurdistan.
CAABU and The Mosaic Rooms hosted a talk by Ross Burns, author of Aleppo: A History and Monuments of Syria, about the situation in Syria and the protection of cultural heritage.
Independent Journal Review published an article titled “ISIS Funds Terrorism by Selling Ancient Relics to Westerners” (by Julie Havlak).
Share America published an article titled “In ancient cities reclaimed from ISIS, restoration work begins” (by Christopher Connell). The Smithsonian Institution, with support from the State Department, is dispatching a team to Erbil to work with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage on a rapid assessment of damage to Nimrud.
The American Scholar published an article titled “A Legacy in Ruins” (by Cathy Otten). The author visits the Mosul Museum and describes the damage.
June 4, 2017
The Conversation published an article titled “Erasing History: Why Islamic State is blowing up artefacts” (by Benjamin Isakhan and Jose Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona). The authors analyze ISIL propaganda and determine that the destruction of cultural heritage was deliberate and staged and underpinned by theological, historical, and political frameworks.
Al-Monitor published an article titled “Syrian NGO begins rebuilding war-torn Idlib” (by Tamer Osman). The Violet Organization with the Idlib Provincial Council launched the Idlib Spring Project to help rebuild Idlib city. The project has restored the Clock tower and city clock square, and hopes to complete the rest of the public buildings and spaces in the next year. The project is also preparing for reconstruction in Maraat al-Numan, Jabal al-Zawiya, Marea and Jarablus.
Rudaw published an article titled “‘Let ISIS see we do not die’: Yezidis repair their temples.” Members of the Sheikh Hassan temple in Bashiqa have started repairs on the building.
June 3, 2017
DGAMpublished an article titled “Retrieve a stolen Palmyrene Funerary Tombstones.” Authorities in Homs retrieved two Palmyrene statues from a neighborhood.
The National published an article titled “At the Venice Biennale 2017: the Iraqi Pavilion” (by David D’Arcy). The Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale contains a selection of ancient and modern art.
TV 5 Monde published an article titled “Trafic d’ouvres d’art: la Suisse s’eveille” (by Liliane Charrier). The Swiss are stepping up their surveillance of antiquities and works of art that may have come from war-torn regions.
June 2, 2017
DGAM published an article titled “Infringements in the villages of Jabal al-Zawia in Idlib Governorate.” DGAM posted a series of photos showing damage to the sites of al-Bara, Maglia, Bashila, Bouda, and Serjilla in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of Idlib. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 17-0097.
SNHR published a post titled “Syrian-Russian alliance forces shelled Abo Bakr al Sadeiq Mosque in al Jwaim village in Aleppo governorate on June 2.” A SARG or Russian airstrike severely damaged a mosque in Aleppo Governorate. ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 17-0095.
The Santa Fe New Mexican published an article titled “Heart of a nation: Folk treasures from Syria” (by Michael Abatemarco). The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico will host an exhibit titled “Artistic Heritage: Syrian Folk Art.” The exhibit runs from June 4, 2017 to May 28, 2018 and includes textiles, basketry, blown glass, and metal work.
LA Times published an article titled “ISIS Militants battered Syria’s Ancient Palmyra, but signs of splendor still stand” (by Patrick McDonnell). The author visits Palmyra and reports on the condition of the site.
Rudaw published an article titled “Harvard professor talks about treasure trove of Kurdistani history.” Jason Ur, head of the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey, was interviewed about his work in Kurdistan.
June 1, 2017
Al Jazeera published an article titled “ISIL Fighters Seal Off Mosul Mosque for Last Stand.” ISIL fighters are making their last stand at the Grand al-Nuri Mosque, where Abu Baker declared a caliphate in 2014.
Heritage for Peace published its bi-weekly newsletter titled “Damage to Syria’s Heritage - 1 June 2017.”
The Museum of New Mexico Foundation announced an exhibit titled “Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat” at the New Mexico History Museum from June 23 to December 31, 2017. The exhibit consists of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909.
The Victoria and Albert Museum announced an event titled “Memory & Authenticity: Cultural Protection in Conflict.” On June 30, 2017 the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will host a panel of international speakers who will discuss the challenges of protecting cultural heritage in post-conflict contexts.
Forbes published an article titled “Unusual 'House Of The Dead' Tells Archaeologists About Earliest Farmers” (by Kristina Killgrove). The Central Zagros Archaeological Project has made significant discoveries at the 9,700-year-old site of Bestansur in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Smithsonian Magazine published an article titled “New Online Database Catalogues 20,000 Threatened Archaeological Sites” (by Brigit Katz). The Universities of Oxford, Leicester and Durham published an online database called Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) that documents archaeological sites across the Middle East and North Africa.