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About a recent colloquium in Damascus on December 10th-11th, 2016


The “international” colloquium “New Visions and proposals for the resilience of the Syrian heritage”, organized by the Syrian Ministry of Culture – Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums with the Ministry of Tourism, was held in Damascus on December 10th-11th, 2016: http://www.dgam.gov.sy/archive/docs/File/downloads/Colloquium_schedule.pdf It was attended by a group of European and American ...

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Syrian and international experts agree on emergency measures to safeguard Syria’s heritage


04.06.2016 – UNESCOPRESS Berlin, 4 June—Some 230 Syrian and international experts joined forces in a two-day meeting to assess damage to cultural heritage sites in Syria, develop methodologies and define priority emergency safeguarding measures for the country’s heritage. The expert meeting, held in Berlin from 2 to 4 June, was ...

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Non à la restauration hâtive de Palmyre


LE MONDE | 25.05.2016 Par Irina Bokova, directrice générale de l’UNESCO Jamais dans l’histoire récente le patrimoine de l’humanité n’a été détruit comme actuellement en Irak et en Syrie. La destruction délibérée du patrimoine est un crime de guerre – elle est devenue une tactique de guerre et de propagande. ...

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UNESCO: To act as a neutral organization and stop the Palmyra reconstruction plans


To sign the petition : https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/UNESCO_To_act_as_a_neutral_organization_and_stop_the_Palmyra_reconstruction_plans_1/?sTuwYbb We, the undersigned, urge the international community and its cultural organizations and academic institutions to help protecting the Syrian heritage and sparing it the political, ethnic, sectarian, or business agendas of the fighting groups in the Syrian conflict and their global backers. On March ...

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Italy – Rimini : Archaeology in Syria nowadays: a project for peace Aug. 24-30, 2014


Published on Aug 27, 2014 Giorgio Buccellati, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Near East and History at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA; Ziad Hilal, Coordinator of the Educational Service of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Homs, Syria; Paolo Matthiae, Archaeologist and Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and Art History ...

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9th ICAANE Basel – June 9-13, 2014


APSA will be attending the congress and read two papers: June 10, Hall 114: “Syrian Heritage: Threats and Destruction, Past and Future Rescue Projects. The View of 3 Syrian-Based NGOs” June 12, Hall 117: “Syrian Museums at Risk: An Overview. Issues and Solutions”

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UNESCO meeting on Syrian heritage (May 26-28th, 2014)

Logos of the Associations

Syrian associations demand to have a say UNESCO is organizing at its Paris premises, from May 26th to 28th, 2014, a metting of experts entitled “Rallying the international community to safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage – A metting of international experts”. The aims of this meeting are put forward at the ...

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Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk


The fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods requires the enhancement of legal instruments and the use of practical tools disseminating information, raising public awareness, and preventing illegal export. Following reports of widespread damage and looting at cultural heritage sites in Syria, ICOM decided to publish the Emergency Red List ...

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“Stop the destruction!” urges UNESCO Director-General 29.08.2013

  Experts meet to coordinate action for safeguarding Syria’s cultural heritage The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called on all parties involved in the conflict in Syria to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage and take all possible measures to avoid further destruction. The Director-General’s appeal followed a meeting of ...

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