Antiquities expert on Palmyra visit: 'Syria can’t possibly restore the destroyed artifacts'Breaking News
tags: Palmyra, ISIS, ISIL, Ancient Artifacts
In May of last year, the Islamic State captured the ancient city of Palmyra, in Homs province. Over the next 10 months, IS fighters used the city’s ancient amphitheater for public executions, all the while systematically destroying and damaging some of the UNESCO World Heritage site’s most treasured monuments and artifacts.
Just over a month ago, the Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian air support retook Palmyra after days of intense fighting left several of the town’s neighborhoods flattened.
When antiquities expert Sara Noureddin, living in regime-controlled Damascus and working at the National Museum, heard that Palmyra had been retaken, she “felt joyful and glad,” she tells Syria Direct’s Bahira Zarier.
Three days later, Noureddin travelled alongside other archaeology and antiquities specialists to see for herself what became of the “bride of the desert,” as Palmyra is known among Syrians. Noureddin saw damage to the two main temples, the triumphal arch and the ancient cemetery.
“Specialists are still working to estimate the exact scale of the damage, but it’s around 30 percent.”
comments powered by Disqus
- Do American Indians Celebrate the 4th of July?
- Trump Vows To Veto Defense Bill If It Removes Confederate Names From Military Bases
- Fourth of July: Beer’s Patriotic Connection to the Founding Fathers
- Calls for ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to be Replaced With a New US National Anthem
- As Young People Drive Infection Spikes, College Faculty Members Fight For The Right To Teach Remotely
- The Day the White Working Class Turned Republican (Review)
- David Starkey Criticised over Slavery Comments
- ‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing
- Did Rutgers Find The Perfect President For 2020? Meet Jonathan Holloway, Black Historian.
- In Search of King David’s Lost Empire