Heritage for PeaceHERITAGE FOR PEACE: We believe that cultural heritage is a common ground for dialogue and a tool to build peace. Thus, we support heritage workers in the protection of cultural heritage for future generations.
This newsletter provides a summary of the most recent reports on the damage to Syria’s heritage. It should be stressed that much of this data cannot be verified, but it is hoped that it will assist in the documentation of the damage occurring, and help raise awareness. Heritage for Peace have released a statement concerning their stance on data recording, available here.
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The Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology have released a report on the damage to Mosque el-Toubahere and here.
The documentary “Death of Aleppo” examines the catastrophe unfolding in the city. See an interview with the executive producer Dirar Khattab at the Aleppo Project website, with links to the full film available via YouTube.
Updates on Looting
Regulations on Metal Detecting released by UNESCO
UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee For Promoting The Return Of Cultural Property To Its Countries Of Origin Or Its Restitution In Case Of Illicit Appropriation has just released: “Treasure hunters” and cultural trafficking – regulation on metal detectors and underground monitoring systems, available here.
Reports and Updates from the Syrian People
Restoration of Homs Souk
Gulf Today has provided a further report on work to clear and restore the historic market in Homs here (previously featured in international actions).
DGAM work on international exhibitions
The DGAM DG, Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim, addressed the opening of an exhibit on Syrian history at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, October 15, here (also featured in the Globe and Mail – see News below).
The DGAM took part on the October 6th exhibit in Rome entitled “Rising from Destruction”. The exhibit featured several artefacts from Syria and Iraq, here.
DGAM attends Brussels workshop
The DGAM took part in a workshop organised by the Research Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Free University of Brussels here.
Policy Changes and Updates from Syria
The US Department of Homeland Security has released its report “Cash to Chaos: Dismantling ISIS’ Financial Infrastructure”, which features the looting of archaeological artefacts, available here.
However, the Gates of Nineveh blog comments on this report (and on some of the discredited figures used) here.
A new UNESCO report suggests that freeports are providing havens for looted items. Read the Artnet article here, with a link to the report.
(Not covered in other sections)
In an interesting article, the Conversation weighs in on the recent ICC ruling and its implications on October 13 here.
The World Economic Forum examines the destruction of cultural heritage here.
In the context of Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim’s presence in Toronto, The Globe and Mail provides a profile on October 16 here.
In the context of the recent exhibit in Rome, former Italian Culture Minister tells RT news that ‘terrorists shouldn’t have the last word’ here.
The Art Newspaper profiles Polish archaeologist Dr. Michael Gawlikowski and his friendship with Khaled al-Asaad here.
Al Mayadeen reports on the destruction of Aleppo (in Arabic) here.