The Syrian heritage task force and the importance of preserving Syria's cultural heritage

Author(s): Amr Al-Azm

Year: 2015


Currently many of Syria’s famous heritage sites are in territory outside of the control of the Assad regime and are at great risk from looting, damage as a result of conflict, or deliberate attack. This is not only causing irreparable damage to Syria's cultural heritage but also destroying the common history that provides Syrians with a shared sense of identity. In order to help protect this heritage and preserve it for the future, a Syrian Heritage Task Force (SHTF) was recently established. The SHTF provides an organizational framework for addressing emergency preservation concerns among heritage professionals and activists inside Syria, training, documenting and advocating for heritage protection among the international community. It is hoped that by working to protect and preserve Syria’s threatened history and heritage we are safeguarding its future, too.

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The Syrian heritage task force and the importance of preserving Syria's cultural heritage. Amr Al-Azm. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397269)


Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

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