ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 28 (February 16, 2015)



Michael D. Danti, Tate Paulette, Kathryn Franklin, Cheikhmous Ali, Abdalrazzaq Moaz, and David Elitzer

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Key points from this report:

  • The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2199 (2015), an agreement to “impair, isolate and incapacitate” ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusrah, calling for a crackdown on the trade in oil, looted antiquities, and human hostages out of Syria and Iraq. (p. 3)
  • Data on the condition of archaeological sites in rural areas affected by prolonged conflict demonstrates that small-scale looting and damage caused by agriculture are proliferating in the absence of central oversight in Syria. (pp. 12–18)
  • Recent Digital Globe satellite imagery shows damage to archaeological sites in the Tell Abyad District of Raqqa Governorate and also provides additional evidence that Tell Abyad is an important center for cross-border trafficking. (pp. 30–31, 36–37)
  • Recent Digital Globe satellite imagery confirms DGAM reports of damage to the site of Resafa (Sergiopolis) in Raqqa Governorate. The images show abundant evidence of militarization, probably linked to control of the area by ISIL and its affiliates. (pp. 19–29)

* 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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