Scholars Call for U.N. to Ban Trade in Syrian Antiquities

26 Sep 2014 2:05 PM | Anonymous

Scholars Call for U.N. to Ban Trade in Syrian Antiquities

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Bas-relief work on display at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Scholars say antiquities from parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by the Islamic State are threatened by looting.
Bas-relief work on display at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Scholars say antiquities from parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by the Islamic State are threatened by looting.Credit Hadi Mizban/Associated Press

More than 80 prominent archaeologists and other scholars from around the world have signed an open letter calling on the United Nations Security Council to ban trade in Syrian antiquities, a market they say is now destroying Syria’s cultural heritage and providing funding for extremist groups.

“Our shared world heritage in Syria is being looted and turned into weapons of war,” the letter says. “Ancient sites dating back to the very earliest moments of human civilization are being crudely dug up and sold to foreign collectors.”

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