|Syrian people work to repair and reconstruct heritage
In his article in Counterpunch, Franklin Lamb discusses reconstruction and repair efforts by ordinary Syrians and the DGAM (July 29, 2015). Sites discussed include Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt (Um al-Zennar), Crac des Chevaliers, the Homs Museum, Zahrawi Palace, and Mufid al Amin House in Homs. Other sites includes Aleppo Musuem, Deir Ez Zor Museum, Hama Museum, Taybet al Imam Museum (Hama), Idlib Museum (Idlib), Shaqa Tower and Shahba pool walls (Suweida). In Damascus he visited the National Museum, the al Azem Palace, the Damascene Heritage House, the Khan Asaad Pasha, and the Nationa Museum of Science and Medicine. In addition to the reconstruction work, new security measures have been implemented at several.
In addition, Franklin Lamb revisited the Tentative World Heritage Site Maloula on July 27 2015, chronicling the “efforts of the local returning villagers who are deeply connected to this cradle of civilization and who are not waiting for the end of hostilities to begin restoration and repair work of their homes and of our shared heritage sites.” This article is available here.
The DGAM Director General has visited sites in NE Syria during the last two weeks of July, where he also met with local communities who have been “engaged in defending the archaeological heritage” in that area (Report here).