ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 29 (February 23, 2015)



Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Tate Paulette, and David Elitzer

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Key points from this report:

  • Turkish Armed Forces entered northern Syria to “relocate” the Tomb of Süleyman Şah in Qara Qozaq and to rescue Turkish soldiers stationed there. After exhuming the physical remains and removing three sarcophagi, Turkish forces allegedly destroyed the modern tomb and other structures built in 1975. (pp. 50–56)
  • The Syrian Regime’s 2015 southern campaign (“Ali Allahdadi for Quneitra Martyrs”) has jeopardized heritage in southwestern Syria’s Hauran Plain. See the special report provided here for key events and for discussion of the sites involved since the start of the offensive on February 7, 2015. (pp. 7–10, 30–49)
  • The British House of Commons undertook a general debate on the destruction and looting of historic sites in Syria and Iraq. (p. 4)

* 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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