ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 34 (March 30, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Scott Branting, Cheikhmous Ali, Tate Paulette, Allison Cuneo, Kathryn Franklin, and David Elitzer

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Key points from this report:

  • Analyses of Digital Globe satellite imagery by ASOR CHI and UNITAR-UNOSAT reveal probable intentional destruction in the Northwest Palace at the site of Nimrud, Iraq. (pp. 53–85)
  • The Idlib Museum in Syria is increasingly threatened by the recent capture of the city by rebel forces — the museum is currently under the control of the Islamist/Salafist group Ahrar ash-Sham.
  • The capture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ancient City of Bosra by rebel forces may place this site at heightened risk of destruction. Recent combat in the area has impacted the site. (pp. 13–41)
  • The Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums recently released new information on looting at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ancient City of Palmyra. (pp. 42–52)

* 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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