Dommages au patrimoine de la Syrie 14 Octobre 2014




Dommages au patrimoine de la Syrie

14 Octobre 2014

Ce bulletin présente un sommaire des plus récents rapports sur les dommages causés à l'héritage de la Syrie. Il convient de souligner que beaucoup de ces données ne peuvent être vérifiées, mais on espère qu'il aidera à la documentation des dommages survenant, et contribuer à la sensibilisation.

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Principales matières

Neuf à partir de patrimoine pour la paix | Mises à jour sur les dommages | Mises à jour sur le pillage | Patrimoine immatériel | Rapports et mises à jour de la DGIA syrienne | Modifications de la politique et des mises à jour de la Syrie | Activité internationale | Nouvelles mises à jour


Neuf à partir de patrimoine pour la paix
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Mises à jour sur les dommages
(Photo: Al-Omari Mosque. Photo copyright: DGAM)

Dommages à site de l'UNESCO dans l'ancienne ville de Bosra

The DGAM has posted a second update on damage to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bosra. This update focuses on the Mosquée Mabrak, la Al-Omari Mosque, et l' al-Hawa Bab. Pictures found can be found ici.

Dommages à Alep

  • View of damaged sites around the Citadelle d'Alep peut être trouvé ici, from the Council of Free Aleppo Governorate – Archaeology Department.
  • It appears that Khosrofia/Khosrowiyya School in Aleppo has experienced total destruction. See the Aleppo Archaeology photo ici.
  • Temple of Haddad (Storm god) in Aleppo Citadel, Aleppo has been damaged, in photograph posted by Aleppo Archaeology ici.
  • Protect Syrian Archaeology has shared a video (Shahba Press) de l' Great Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo. The video showing a fire in the Mosque can be found ici.
DGAM publishes damage assessment July to September 2014

The DGAM has posted a damage assessment for archaeological sites and buildings from July to September 2014, and indicates further assessments are ongoing, ici. The data table itself is found ici, and offers a comprehensive view of the types and extent of damage throughout the country.

Mises à jour sur le pillage
DGAM reports confiscation of Roman-era artefacts in Hama for safety

The DGAM reports on 11 Octobre 2014 that the authorities have recovered a Roman-era mosaic and part of a marble statue from Hama out of concern for its protection. The brief is posted ici.

New York Times Article: Restrict Imports from Syria to Cut Down on Looting

Erin Thompson argues that the US needs to stop the illegal imports of antiquities, à “Restrict Imports of Antiquities from Syria to Cut Down on Looting“.

Patrimoine immatériel
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Rapports et mises à jour de la Direction générale des antiquités de Syrie et Musées
IS members hiding in ruins of Dura Europas

La DGIA (Septembre 30 2014) reports that members of IS Militia are hiding in the ruins of Dura Europos to escape bombing by Coalition aircraft. Dura, which has already been heavily looted during the Syrian Civil War, is in the area currently under IS control in eastern Syria. Voir le rapport ici.

Excavations reveal ‘royal crypt’ in Latakia

The DGAM reports on a ‘royal crypt’ discovered in Latakia, but does not give any indication of dating. A description can be found ici.

DGAM meets in Berlin for cooperation on protecting heritage

Several meetings from 6-9 October in Berlin occurred in conjunction with the Free University of Berlin and German archaeologists with DGAM. Topics included training DGAM staff, assistance in ending the illegal antiquities trade, and sharing of information. Read the full report ici.

Modifications de la politique et des mises à jour de la Syrie
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Activité internationale
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Nouvelles mises à jour

(Non couvertes par d'autres sections)


    • Counterpunch ran an article, “It’s Not Too Late to Save Syria’s Heritage” (Octobre 10, 2014), appealing to the concept of Syria’s heritage as belonging to the whole world – not a single country. It highlights current efforts by the DGAM, international agencies, and the role of social media in alerting the world to the events unfolding in Syria. The conclusion is this: ‘what is required from UN member states is action, not just words.’
    • The New York Times ran an op-ed by Abdalrazzaq Moaz (9 Octobre 2014) que “Only an End to the Civil War in Syria Will Solve the Problem” that is, of the looting and destruction of Syria’s heritage. Moaz, former Syrian deputy minister of culture and director general of Antiquities and Museums, is now a visiting professor at Indiana University and also involved with ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative.
    • Huffington Post (from the Jerusalem Post) posted ‘UNESCO Makes a Stand on “cultural cleansing" ‘ (6 Octobre 2014) with a focus on the need to protect the Jewish heritage in Syria and Iraq. The article also covers UNESCO’s comprehensive attempts to crack down on the illegal antiquities trade.
    • The Guardian (7 Octobre 2014) calls for greater international protection of the shared architectural heritage of humanity. Several well-known examples from Syria are discussed, together with those from Afghanistan and Iraq.
    • The ‘Cultural Heritage Lawyer’ Rick St. Hilaire discusses on his blog the sharp rise in imports into the USA of cultural artefacts material from the Middle East between 2011 et 2013 and comments on its implications. See the post ici (6 Octobre 2014).
    • The New York Times ran “Antiquities Lost, Casualties of War” (3 Octobre 2014), providing an overview of damage in Syria and Iraq but also exploring the use of heritage as propaganda, quoting Michael Danti of Boston University that “ISIS uses heritage explicitly, tying it into history, providing a back story for itself and showing it is part of this massive unstoppable force to appeal to young fighters.” The article also discusses tactics of intimidation and murder directed by IS towards members of the antiquities authorities, such as the DGAM.
    • Conflict Antiquities observes that the C.A. report of the destruction of the Armenian Church in Deir Ez-Zor by IS, covered via the @conflictantiq Twitter feed, had been appropriated by IS or IS supporters, to claim that actually the US-led coalition was responsible for the damage. This is another example of how the cultural heritage of Iraq and Syria are being used as a propaganda weapon. See the documentation of the issue ici.


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