Syriaís Rich Archaeological Treasures Imperiled by Civil War
2013-09-04 0:00

By Tia Ghose | LiveScience



The Romans occupied modern-day Syria, and before them, the Assyrians, Persians and Akkadians built empires there.

The country is home to ancient Paleolithic fossils, some of the earliest evidence of agriculture and one of the largest troves of cuneiform tablets ever discovered.

"Itís probably one of the oldest occupied areas of the Earth," said Emma Cunliffe, an archaeology researcher at Durham University in England, who has published a report documenting archeological damage in Syria. "Itís been continuously occupied since before modern man even existed."

Yet hundreds of archaeological sites are imperiled by civil war in Syria; bombing and looting have ravaged some of the richest of these sites; government and rebel forces have occupied ancient castles and bulldozed archaeological mounds created over thousands of years of human occupation. All six of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country have been damaged, Cunliffe said.

Still, some archaeologists are trying to preserve Syriaís heritage. They are talking to government and rebel leaders to protect the most important treasures, and have compiled a list of the key archaeological "no strike" sites that should be protected.

"This is the heritage first and foremost of the Syrian people, and then of the whole world," said Andrew Moore, the first vice president of the Archaeological Institute of America. "Itís therefore in everybodyís interests to do all they can to protect these important monuments."

Littered with heritage

As part of the Fertile Crescent, the land that is now Syria has been occupied for tens of thousands of years.

Syria contains some of the worldís most beautiful Roman cities, Apamea and Palmyra, as well as a stunning Crusader-era castle called Krak des Chevaliers. Archaeologists have unearthed tens of thousands of cuneiform tablets in the ancient city of Ebla. The country houses the tombs of several of Mohammedís relatives, and its cities of Aleppo and Damascus have been continuously occupied for thousands of years.

[...]

Read the full article at: livescience.com



Just as in Iraq, Lebanon and Sarajevo before it, cruel realities of war in Syria push to the back of the priority list the need for historic preservation, even if that preservation is woven into the nationís soul. Everything precious blasts apart, is violated and damaged. The things that make a civilization whole and beautiful vanish amid the bloodshed.

Source




READ: UNESCO Report on Babylon: US occupation caused ďmajor damageĒ to historic site in Iraq



Tune into Red Ice Radio:

Klaus Schmidt - GŲbekli Tepe: The Worldís Oldest Temple?

Edmund Marriage - Kharsag, Garden of Eden & Earth, Sun, Global Cooling

Michael S. Heiser - Zecharia Sitchin is Wrong, Sumerian Writings, Nibiru & The Nephilim

Ralph Ellis - King of Edessa & The Omphalos Stone

Gary Biltcliffe - The Etruscans, The Mysterious Pelasgi, The Spirit of Portland & The Spine of Albion

Hugh Newman - Megalithomania(cs) & Megalithic Mesoamerica

Ralph Ellis - King Jesus: From Egypt (Kam) to Camelot





Related Articles
Mummies set on fire as looters raid Egyptian museum
Bank of England helped sell looted Nazi gold
Unchecked looting guts Egyptís heritage, with one ancient site Ď70 percent goneí
Drones being used to monitor historic Peruvian archaelogical sites
Archaeologists discover ífinest everí piece of Neolithic art that was part of vast temple complex built in 3,500BC
Baghdad museumís slow recovery
Babylonís history swept away in US army sandbags


Latest News from our Front Page

Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female
2015-04-25 4:52
Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.) Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole ‚Äúrape and pillage‚ÄĚ thing, too. Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided ...
Off Your Knees, Germany! Ernst Zundel 1983 - 2003
2015-04-25 1:15
For more information on the holocaust, how the war was forced upon Germany, and the REAL victims of the second world war see: http://gblt.webs.com/Real_Holocaust.htm http://web.archive.org/web/20130806074314/http://www.666blacksun.org/ http://www.zundelsite.org/
IRS Drops Attack For Six Years ‚Äď No Evidence of Jurisdiction
2015-04-24 20:29
A big congrats to a friend I‚Äôve been working with for several years, he stood up to the predators commonly called the ‚ÄúIRS‚ÄĚ and they dropped their attack. Thanks also for providing me with the proof below. The criminals called the ‚ÄúIRS‚ÄĚ initiated an attack claiming my friend was required to file six tax returns, or explain how he made ...
Into Eternity - Finland's 100,000 Year Massive Underground Spent Nuclear Fuel Program
2015-04-24 20:49
Into Eternity is a documentary about a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. The concept of long-term underground storage for radioactive waste has been explored since the 1950s. The inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be composed of copper. Hence in the case of Onkalo it is tightly linked to experiments on copper corrosion in running ...
SPLC Accuses Oath Keepers of Inciting ‚ÄúArmed Confrontation‚ÄĚ Over Sugar Pine Mine
2015-04-24 20:22
The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused Oath Keepers of inciting an armed confrontation with BLM authorities over the Sugar Pine Mine dispute in Oregon, despite the fact that the organization has explicitly stated that it is not promoting armed confrontation with the feds. In an article provocatively posted on the organization‚Äôs ‚ÄėHatewatch‚Äô section entitled Oath Keepers Descend Upon Oregon with ...
More News »