ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 35 (April 6, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Tate Paulette, Allison Cuneo, Kathryn Franklin, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, and David Elitzer

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Key points from this report:

  • In Syria, combat-related damage to heritage sites continued at a slightly elevated rate, especially in Idlib, Hama, and Daraa Governorates. (pp. 41–49, 93–103)
  • The collections of the Idlib Museum are at elevated risk of damage and/or theft following the seizure of Idlib from SARG by Jaish al-Fatah and the occupation of the museum by Islamist rebels/extremists. (pp. 50–59)
  • In Iraq, ISIL continued its campaign of performative deliberate destructions of heritage places and the release of branded media highlighting the attacks.
  • ISIL released a new video showing the intentional destruction of ancient sculptures and standing architectural elements at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ancient City of Hatra. (pp. 13–36)

* 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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