In Syria, Archaeologists Risk Their Lives To Protect Ancient Heritage

10 Mar 2015 7:27 AM | Anonymous

In Syria, Archaeologists Risk Their Lives To Protect Ancient Heritage

March 09, 2015 3:57 AM ET

The race to protect Syria's heritage from the ravages of war and plunder has brought a new kind of warrior to the front lines.

These cultural rebels are armed with cameras and sandbags. They work in secret, sometimes in disguise, to outwit smugglers. They risk their lives to take on enemies that include the Syrian regime, Islamist militants and professional smugglers who loot for pay, sometimes using bulldozers. 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/03/09/390691518/in-syria-archaeologists-risk-their-lives-to-protect-ancient-heritage