ISIS’ Antiquities Sideline

02 Sep 2014 2:02 PM | Anonymous

ISIS’ Antiquities Sideline

The territorial gains made by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have provoked fears undefined as well as tentative news reports undefined that archaeological sites in those countries are being attacked and looted, much as sites in Iraq were at the outset of the second Iraq war.

We have recently returned from southern Turkey, where we were training Syrian activists and museum staff preservationists to document and protect their country’s cultural heritage. That heritage includes remains from the ancient Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, along with some of the earliest examples of writing and some of the best examples of Hellenistic, Roman and Christian mosaics.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/opinion/isis-antiquities-sideline.html?_r=0