Ancient History, Modern Destruction: Assessing the Status of Syria’s Tentative World Heritage Sites Using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery

18 Dec 2014 8:15 AM | Anonymous

Ancient History, Modern Destruction: Assessing the Status of Syria’s Tentative World Heritage Sites Using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery     

Executive Summary
Introduction
Data and Methods
World Heritage Site Analysis
     1. The Ancient Site of Dura-Europos
     2. The Ancient Site of Ebla
     3. Hama’s Historic Waterwheels
     4. The Ancient Site of Mari
     5. The Old City of Raqqa
     6. The Archaeological Site of Ugarit
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
References Cited

Executive Summary

Following an earlier report on the World Heritage Sites of Syria,1 the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) undertook an assessment of Syria’s Tentative World Heritage sites using high-resolution satellite imagery. Syria has nominated twelve sites to the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List2 and AAAS will produce two reports, each consisting of six sites, on the current state of those sites. This report details the condition of: Dura Europos, Ebla, Hama’s Waterwheels, Mari, Raqqa, and Ugarit (Figure 1). The purpose of the assessment was to determine the current status of each site. Analysis indicates that four of the six Tentative World Heritage sites assessed in this report exhibit significant damage. 

http://www.aaas.org/page/ancient-history-modern-destruction-assessing-status-syria-s-tentative-world-heritage-sites-7
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