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4 Ways You Can Help Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage is the closest thing we have to time travel. You can use cultural heritage to connect with past generations and with someone who you’ll never be able to meet. If this damage continues unchecked, we will lose more than just […]


3 Things Threatening Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

ISIL is not the only forces damaging the cultural heritage of Syria and northern Iraq. Check out these three things you may not realize are contributing to the threat of cultural heritage. […]


TerraWatchers, UCSD, and ASOR CHI Partner to Monitor Archaeological Sites

Warfare has been raging almost continuously across some part of the Middle East for more than forty years. It has gone hand-in-hand with social and political revolutions in Lebanon, […]


Teaching Heritage in Classrooms

The first time I walked into my daughter’s playgroup, I saw a model of St. Peter’s Cathedral from Rome placed on the top shelf of the art/music classroom. Having walked around, I noticed the model of St. Basil’s […]


Twitter Recap: Protecting Our Shared Heritage in Syria— International Summit to Promote Collaboration

On Friday, December 11, 2015 there was a free and open to the public symposium at the National Geographic Society Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. The symposium […]


Syrian Heritage Initiative Volunteers

The ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiatives has 13 volunteers who support our project in a variety of ways. These volunteers come from all walks of life and have interests ranging from archaeology, conservation, geographic information systems, anthropology, classical studies, Middle East history, international relations, political science, as well as many more diverse fields. They have all devoted their […]


A Bibliography that Matters

In our final podcast introducing the Syrian Heritage Initiative, we’re speaking with former Cultural Heritage Specialist, Kurt Prescott about an important aspect of the Syrian Heritage Initiative … the bibliography. While it may not be as flashy as conservation, maps, or networking by using social […]


Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium – Luncheon Presentation [VIDEO]

On November 23rd, the Syrian Heritage Initiative hosted a public Symposium at the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The more than 80 attendees included ASOR members, representatives of other groups […]


Extensive Recent Looting Revealed

The very important ancient site of Mari (Tell Hariri) in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, which appears on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has recently seen a pronounced increase in looting under ISIL control. […]


7 Things You Should Know About ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative

Beginning August 4, 2014, the American Schools of Oriental Research entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State to monitor, document, and report on cultural heritage damage in Syria.

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