Syria's Archaeological Sites Ravaged by Bombing, Looting

14 Feb 2014 7:40 AM | Anonymous

Syria's Archaeological Sites Ravaged by Bombing, Looting

 

When Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, received an honorary Ph.D. in archeology in 2004 from the prestigious University of Rome "La Sapienza," she stressed that such knowledge should be used "to foster mutual respect for what human societies have achieved over the millennia across the globe."

Awarded for her role in the development of historical and archaeological studies and the preservation of the Syrian heritage, the degree was handed to al-Assad amid the ruins of the fabled ancient city of Ebla. The ceremony changed for the first time the University’s 700-year-old tradition which required the honorary degree to be given inside the city of Rome.

 

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/syrias-archaeological-sites-ravaged-by-bombing-looting-140210.htm

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