In Syria, National Museum of Damascus races to save antiquities from looting, damage

27 Mar 2015 11:25 AM | Anonymous

In Syria, National Museum of Damascus races to save antiquities from looting, damage 

By: Sammy Ketz 

DAMASCUS (AFP).- Workers at Syria's National Museum of Damascus carefully wrap statues and place them in boxes to be transported to a safe place, hoping to save the priceless pieces from theft or destruction.

Since his 2012 appointment as head of antiquities in the midst of Syria's civil war, Maamoun Abdulkarim says just one thing has been on his mind -- avoiding a repeat of the kind of looting that ravaged Iraq's heritage after the 2003 invasion.

"The images of the looting of the museum in Baghdad and other Iraqi sites are always on my mind, and I told myself that everything must be done to avoid a repeat of that here," he told AFP. 
 

http://artdaily.com/news/77428/In-Syria--National-Museum-of-Damascus-races-to-save-antiquities-from-looting--damage#.VRVwY00cTcs
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