Daños al patrimonio de Siria — 11 Junio 2015



Daños al patrimonio de Siria

11 Junio 2015

*Updated* Statement regarding information sharing and data verification

In light of the ongoing reports of destruction of heritage in the Middle East, Heritage for Peace would like to reiterate that it is not our purpose here to verify the reports referred to in this newsletter. Whilst we acknowledge the concerns posed regarding unverified information, the collation of such information serves to aid understanding of the conflict, and the motivations and priorities of the participants (both military and civilian), potentially aiding in finding solutions. Además, it assists those who do verify such information and conduct damage assessments by providing comprehensive data, in order to aid stabilisation, damage mitigation and, future restoration and reconstruction. We would like to stress that whilst some of our reports are received from people on the ground, they are volunteers, and their safety is our first concern. Furthermore, whilst the ethical importance, and propaganda value, of raising awareness has also been debated, all heritage destruction should not pass unremarked, either by the public or the professional heritage community. We feel that the importance of heritage is fundamental to all humanity: its loss is a tragedy, and in acknowledging this, we pave the way to develop shared strategies for its protection.

We welcome opinions and suggestions and can be reached at: contact@heritageforpeace.org

Este boletín se presenta un resumen de los informes más recientes sobre los daños al patrimonio de Siria. Cabe destacar que muchos de estos datos no pueden ser verificados, pero se espera que va a ayudar en la documentación de los daños que ocurren, y ayudar a concienciar.

Si el boletín informativo no se muestra correctamente, clic aquí para verlo online en un navegador.

Contenido principal

Nuevo de Patrimonio para la Paz | Actualizaciones en Daños | Actualizaciones en saqueo | Patrimonio Inmaterial | Informes y Actualizaciones de la DGAM de Siria | Los cambios de política y actualizaciones de Siria | Actividad Internacional | Noticias Actualizaciones


Nuevo de Patrimonio para la Paz
Heritage for Peace involvement in the media

  • HFP members have been interviewed by the press to discuss the heritage situation in Syria. Isper Sabrine was interviewed for RBB YV, ZDF, Spanish T.V la sexta , Italian news paper Parole di Vitta, the Italian blog Gariwo, and Argentine Radio. Rene Teijgeler was interviewed on Brandpunt (Netherlands) and on NPO News at 3 in the Netherlands. Further interviews by Teijgeler have been given for Dutch television and radio news, BBC Radio Scotland, and Heemschut. HFP’s Greg Fisher was interviewed about Palmyra for Montreal’s Le Devoir on May 23 2015. HFP’s Emma Cunliffe discusses efforts to record heritage in light of the current crisis on May 26 2015 para New Scientist.

Actualizaciones en Daños
(Lion statue before alleged destruction. Fuente de la foto: Wikipedia)

Palmyra site remains in danger

  • The International Business Times reported on May 27 2015 that the destruction of statues at Palmyra had already begun, aquí. Sin embargo, the DGAM cautions that this has not been confirmed, aquí.
  • Video shows how Palmyra fell to ISIS aquí from Channel 4 Noticias. Protect Syrian Archaeology shared a video shows the ancient city after being captured by ISIS aquí.
  • DGAM took several photos of the state of the site before the takeover, (Mayo 18 2015) posted aquí.
Damage to north side of citadel in Aleppo. (Fuente de la foto: Aleppo Arqueología)

Damage updates for Aleppo

  • Image shows the damage to the Museum at the citadel. Aleppo Arqueología, (Junio 11 2015) aquí.
  • Photographs show the damage to the Mezquita Banqusa, Aleppo. See the image from The Syrian Association for Preservation of Archaeology and Heritage (Junio 3 2015) aquí.
  • Images show the damage to the temple of god Hadad at the citadel of Aleppo, compartida por Alepo Arqueología, (Junio 2 2015) aquí.
  • Images show damage to Al-Sawas Mosque en Jub Al-Quba, Aleppo. See them from Protect Syrian Archaeology (Mayo 31 2015) aquí.
  • Image reveals damage to Abshir Pasha Mosque, Aleppo, compartida por Alepo Arqueología (Mayo 28 2015) aquí.
  • Photographs show damage to Bab AlNaser/Naser, Aleppo. See them from Protect Syrian Archaeology (Mayo 28 2015) aquí.
  • Aleppo Archaeology shares a photograph of damage to the North side of the citadel (Mayo 23 2015) aquí.
  • The DGAM has provided over a dozen new photographs of the Aleppo citadel from the month of May, posted June 2 2015 aquí.

Actualizaciones en saqueo
Authorities recover some looted artefacts

  • Finnish authorities seized a looted Ottoman-era artefact from Syria destined for Russia (Junio 5 2015). See the IB Times report aquí.
  • The BBC reports on June 5 2015 that the British Museum is safeguarding a looted Syrian artefact (no details provided) and hopes to return it to the country in the future aquí.
  • A consideration of ISIS’ motivations for destroying heritage can be found in the June edition of the New York Review of Books aquí.
  • Xinhua reports on items recovered by Syrian authorities (Mayo 27 2015) aquí.
  • The Financial Times on May 23 2015 asks if we should “rethink our ideas about preserving world heritage".
  • PBS reports on “How war has robbed Syria of its history” on May 19 2015.
Looting anticipated in Palmyra

Buzzfeed (Mayo 21 2015) reports that smugglers anticipate “good business” from Palmyra. Ver más detalles aquí.

Patrimonio Inmaterial
Species of Ibis in Syria threatened by conflict

The BBC reports on May 24 2015 that the Syrian conflict is threatening the survival of the Northern Bald Ibis, close to Palmyra. Ver el informe completo aquí.

Syrian art exhibition opens in Amsterdam

The first Syrian modern art exhibition in the Netherlands opened May 29 and will run until June 21. It features the modern art of Syrian diaspora artists. It is being held at ABC Treehouse Voetboogstraat, Amsterdam. See more, covered from Versal journal, aquí.

Informes y Actualizaciones de la Dirección General de Antigüedades de Siria y Museos
DGAM updates on Palmyra

DGAM has posted regular updates concerning the situation in Palmyra:

  • The DGAM announced “cooperation initiatives” with the people of Palmyra/Tadmur on June 1 2015, drawing on close connections between the local community and the archaeological site aquí.
  • DGAM posted a brief that the Palmyra site is in danger (Mayo 21 2015) aquí, as well as a statement that the artefacts have been moved to a safe location aquí.
  • Before the ISIS capture, DGAM reported that steps have been taken to remove valuable objects to remote locations and to reinforce/bury some structures aquí (Mayo 16 2015). Además, a statement from the Director-General was posted the same day aquí.
DGAM sponsors educational events

  • The DGAM is participating in a 10-day course in Beirut, “First Aid to Cultural Built Heritage in Syria”, which began on June 1 2015. For details, ver aquí.
  • The DGAM held a conference between May 20 y 21 at the Damascus Museum, examining the government’s response to the heritage crisis in Syria. Ver aquí for details.
Los cambios de política y actualizaciones de Siria
  • Ninguno
Actividad Internacional
Countries working to protect Syrian heritage

  • US Congress bans sale of looted Syrian artefacts June 1 2015. See the report from Al Monitor aquí or US News aquí. Además, Katharyn Hanson’s testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee can be found on video aquí.
  • The anti-IS coalition meeting in Paris on June 2 2015, discussed, among other strategies, the protection of cultural heritage, reports the BBC on June 2 aquí.
  • Further coverage of the “Cairo Declaration", intended to stop trade in “blood antiquities” can be found from Al-Ahram (Mayo 21 2015) aquí.
  • UNESCO praises countries engaged in “the prohibition of cross-border trade of cultural objects from Syria and Iraq” aquí.
  • New exhibit opens at the Oriental Institute, Chicago, from May 21 2015: “A Threatened Heritage”, an exhibit “made up of a series of graphic panels interspersed throughout [la] permanent galleries, with a focus on Mesopotamia (Iraq and Syria), the Southern Levant, Egipto, and Nubia.” For further details. ver aquí.
UNESCO continues efforts to protect Syrian heritage

  • UNESCO has provided a visual representation of its efforts to safeguard Syrian heritage via the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project: on May 27 2015 aquí.
  • UNESCO calls for immediate end to fighting in and around Palmyra on May 20 2015 aquí.
  • UN efforts alone are insufficient to halt antiquities smuggling, according to interviews of UNESCO experts in the Middle East Eye (Junio 4 2014) aquí.
Noticias Actualizaciones

(No están cubiertos en otras secciones)

Palmyra in the news

  • Franklin Lamb asks whether IS is ‘open to a deal on Palmyra’ (Junio 1 2015) aquí.
  • Fox News considers ‘Archaeology’s Victims of War' (Mayo 27 2015).
  • WNPR interviews Stefan Simon, director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University, concerning Palmyra and heritage destruction (Mayo 26 2015) aquí.
  • Palmyra theatre apparently used for executions by IS

    (Mayo 27 2015). Ver aquí for coverage.

  • IS released images of Palmyra found aquí, and also released an audio statement about Palmyra claiming it will destroy statues, que se puede encontrar aquí.
  • The National on May 25 isolates the plight of Palmyra within the Syrian conflict aquí.
  • Some areas of Palmyra received aerial bombardment, covered by the Telegraph aquí , the Independent aquí, and Israel National News aquí (Mayo 25 2015).
  • La Facebook page has been set up, seemingly linked with those on the ground in Syria, to provide updates aquí.
  • The BBC on 23 Mayo 2015 reports that IS has ‘locked’ the museum in Tadmur.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Dexter Filkins reflects on ISIS in Palmyra for The New Yorker on May 21 2015.
  • Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture Stephanie Mulder (UT-Austin) shares her thoughts on Palmyra aquí.
  • Franklin Lamb assesses the “Fall of Palmyra” for CounterPunch (Mayo 21 2015). Notably, the article highlights the comments made by John Kerry about protecting Syria’s heritage, and the possibility of imminent international action.
  • Vice News (Mayo 20 2015) covers the fears of looting at Palmyra aquí.
  • Washington Post (Mayo 20 2015) carried a piece on “Why Palmyra matters.”
  • Boris Johnson writes eloquently about Palmyra in the Telegraph on May 17 2015 aquí.
  • The Daily Mail on May 17, 2015 reported on efforts made by Syrian personnel in Tadmur to protect the city of Palmyra aquí.
Looting and destruction Syria’s heritage in the news

  • The Telegraph reports on efforts by ‘digital monuments men’ to curb the trade in illegal artefacts (Junio 6 2015).
  • National Geographic (Junio 4 2015) reports on local efforts to guard the site of Urkesh in northern Syria aquí.
  • There is ‘Method to ISIL’s vandalism madness', reports 9News (Australia) on June 3 2015.
  • FP argues (Junio 2 2015) that defeating IS and stopping its looting of heritage are two sides of the same coin. The article addresses the question of whether efforts should focus on protecting people or protecting artefacts:

    “The focus is, as it must be, on the human tragedy. But mourning these attacks against heritage does not change that focus. As devastating as this destruction is, history warns us that worse is coming. Once you erase a people’s historical identity, the next step is to erase the people themselves.”

    See the full article aquí.

  • The Telegraph reports that IS sets up ‘ministry of antiquities'

    (Mayo 30 2015).

  • The Washington Post discusses why IS’ attack on heritage matters (Mayo 29 2015) aquí.
  • The Times of Israel reports on May 29 2015 that Syria is not included in a new UN General Assembly resolution designed to protect cultural heritage from IS, blaming political wrangling. For further details, ver aquí.
  • FP reports on how IS sells its looted artefacts (Mayo 28 2015) aquí.
  • The National reports on a group called the “Committee for Shared Culture” on May 28 2015, which it terms “a secretive organisation”. See the article aquí.
  • ASOR has a general news aggregate page that can be found aquí,


Esta lista de correo fue producida por Dr. Emma Cunliffe, en asociación con el Patrimonio para la Paz

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