Why the Islamic State's annihilation of ancient cultures matter

01 Jun 2015 7:26 AM | Anonymous

Why the Islamic State’s annihilation of ancient cultures matters

By Michael Danti May 29

Since the Islamic State’s capture of the modern city of Tadmor in Syria and the adjoining UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra on May 20, the global cultural heritage community has raised the alarm regarding the possibility of yet more cultural atrocities. Some writers responded by sternly rebuking heritage experts for supposedly putting “ancient stones” ahead of human lives. I know of no members of the cultural heritage community who are so dissociated from reality.