ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 41 (May 19, 2015)


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

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Key points from this report:

  • ISIL now controls the Syrian town of Tadmor and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ancient City of Palmyra. (pp. 8, 29–37)
  • ISIL now controls the provincial capital city of Ramadi in Iraq. The status of heritage in this area is difficult to ascertain at the present time. (p. 10)
  • Ten countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates) have announced the Cairo Declaration, a regional action plan designed to stop the illicit looting and trafficking of antiquities. The declaration was announced following an emergency ministerial summit held in Cairo and co-hosted by the Antiquities Coalition and the Middle East Institute. (p. 5)

* 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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