ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 26–27 (February 9, 2015)



Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Abdalrazzaq Moaz, Tate Paulette & Kathryn Franklin

Download Report 26–27

Key points from this report:

  • Comparison of reporting by the DGAM and the Syrian Human Rights Committee reveals underreporting by the DGAM in connection with 1) SARG attacks on religious heritage, 2) damage to Sunni heritage, and 3) damage in certain Syrian governorates, especially Rif Dimashq. (pp. 7–9)
  • Digital Globe satellite imagery reveals large-scale looting and earthmoving at the Bronze Age mound of Tell Bi’a, starting in October 2013. (pp. 75–76)
  • Increased combat in Damascus, Aleppo, and the Dead Cities region of Idlib Governorate has led to a marked increase in the rate of damage in these areas.
  • ISIL militants deliberately destroyed library collections in Mosul’s Central Library system. (pp. 77–78)

* 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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