Saving Antiquities From Islamic State

22 Sep 2015 2:27 PM | Anonymous

Saving Antiquities From Islamic State

U.N. boots on the ground, as well as safekeeping artifacts in museums around the world, are among the measures the world needs to take.


James Cuno

Sept. 21, 2015 6:49 p.m. ET

Late last month in Palmyra, Syria, Islamic State killers beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old Syrian archaeologist who had reportedly refused to reveal the whereabouts of pre-Islamic antiquities hidden for safekeeping. A few weeks later, Islamic State, or ISIS, blew up the Temple of Bel, a remarkable first-century structure where the Semitic god was once worshiped.

What can the world do to stop ISIS from its destruction of ancient art and architecture in Syria and Iraq? Here are four actions to take:

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