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Syrian heritage at risk

NewsPosted by Vanessa Boschloos Fri, August 09, 2013 12:07:03
Syria has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Palmyra, Damascus, Bosra, Aleppo, the ancient Villages of Northern Syria, and the crusader castles Crac des Chevaliers and Saladin’s Castle. Some of the oldest cities in the world are located in Syria and a great diversity of civilisations left their mark.
GMREH had to move its archaeological activities to other regions, but its researchers continue their work on the material culture, archaeology, epigraphy and history of ancient Syria.

Here are some reports and columns published online, for those who want to know more about the threats to Syria’s heritage:

- ICOM /UNESCO has recently published its Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk, to illustrate the categories of cultural goods protected by legislation and most vulnerable to illicit traffic. The list was established with the help of experts and institutions, including the RMAH. It is available for download at:

- For a column by IAP-researcher Klaas Vansteenhuyse (KU Leuven) on Syrian heritage in danger in Knack magazine (August 2013) [in Dutch], see:

- In March 2012, Le Vif/L’Express magazine interviewed Belgian archaeologists Marc Lebeau (ECUMS - Tell Beydar excavations), Eric Gubel (RMAH - Tell Kazel excavations) and Didier Viviers (ULB - Apamea excavations) on Belgian archaeological activities in Syria [in French]:
- For a report on damaged sites (dated May 2012) by Emma Cunliffe (Durham University), see:

- More links on:

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