Penn Museum works to document, preserve Syrian cultural sites

23 Jul 2015 2:07 PM | Anonymous

Penn Museum works to document, preserve Syrian cultural sites

By Lavi Ben Dor

The Syrian Civil War, which has devastated the nation since 2011, has not only exacted a heavy toll on the nation’s people, but also on the archives of its rich culture and history.

Cultural heritage sites such as historic cities, museums and archeological excavations, many of which are hundreds if not thousands of years old, have often been caught in the crossfire of the violence that has swept the nation or even been specifically targeted by various factions. Many have suffered significant damage, which is why the Penn Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center has been leading efforts to protect and document these historic landmarks.

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