ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 47–48 (July 7, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Michel Maqdisi, Tate Paulette, Allison Cuneo, Kathryn Franklin, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, Kyra Kaercher, and Erin Van Gessel

Download Report 47–48

Key points from this report:

  • ISIL militants destroyed Palmyrene funerary sculptures in the northern town of Manbij.
  • ISIL released a video of its mass execution of SARG military personnel in the Palmyra Theater.
  • In western Syria, reported damage to archaeological sites caused by intense military clashes in the area of Zabadani.
  • The DGAM reported the Daraa Museum suffered minor damage during military combat.
  • In Iraq, reports of the intentional destruction of the Shrine and Tomb of Imam Ismail south of Kirkuk.
  • Recent satellite imagery reveals damage to two mounds in northern Syria near the border with Turkey linked to military use and looting.

* 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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