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  • Originally published 01/20/2017

    IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

    Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.

  • Originally published 04/27/2016

    Bill to protect antiquities worldwide goes to Obama

    Late in the day, April 26, 2016 and with final House passage, the US government has approved its final amended version of H.R. 1493, "The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act" agreed to in the Senate by Unanimous Consent.

  • Originally published 04/01/2016

    Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

    Emma Cunliffe

    Many argue that 3D printing fails to capture the authenticity of the original structures, amounting to little more than the Disneyfication of heritage.

  • Originally published 11/11/2015

    The New Monument Men Outsmart ISIS

    Founded in 2012 by Roger Michel, the Institute for Digital Archaeology is a joint effort between Harvard University and Oxford University to create an open-source database of high-resolution images and three-dimensional graphics of things like paper and papyrus documents, epigraphs and small artifacts.

  • Originally published 10/05/2015

    ISIS Destroys Triumphal Arches in Palmyra, Syria

    Another landmark structure in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra has been deliberately destroyed by Islamic State militants. The building involved this time was a set of triumphal arches, erected in the second century.

  • Originally published 09/28/2015

    Assad drops barrel bombs on Palmyra

    Almost a third of the walls of the 13th-century Mamluk citadel, a Unesco world heritage site, had been badly damaged in the latest bombardment.

  • Originally published 07/22/2015

    ISIL Leader’s Loot

    On May 15, 2015, U.S. Special Operations Forces recovered a cache of hundreds of archaeological and historical objects and fragments during a raid in al-Amr (eastern Syria) to capture ISIL leader Abu Sayyaf.

  • Originally published 06/22/2015

    This is One Reason the World Is on Fire

    Lawrence Davidson

    Millions of people, Muslims, Jews and Christians and others not only still idealize a religiously imagined past, but want, in one way or another, to import that past into the present.