Emergency care training workshops for Syrian museum collections

Author(s): Salam Al Kuntar

Year: 2015


Amidst the atrocities of Syria’s civil war, Syrian curators, heritage professionals, and activists courageously risk their lives to protect the country’s cultural heritage. Working in areas outside of the Assad regime’s control, these individuals have managed to safeguard collections salvaged from damaged museums, religious institutions, and looted sites. This paper discusses a workshop, held in Turkey, which brought together museum curators, heritage professionals, and other members of civil society from the Idlib and Aleppo provinces of northern Syria. The workshop offered training on how to secure museum collections safely during emergencies and provided participants with basic supplies for packing and securing museum collections. Furthermore, one of the outcomes of this workshop is an emergency plan to protect the Ma’arra Museum in the Idlib province. The museum holds a magnificent collection of well-preserved Roman and early Christian mosaics and has suffered collateral damage from aerial barrel bombings and repeated attacks from Jihadi militants. This presentation examines the steps required to undertake the workshop, its reception among the Syrian participants, and its subsequent outcomes.

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Emergency care training workshops for Syrian museum collections. Salam Al Kuntar. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397266)


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West Asia

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