Multiple Agencies Join Effort to Track ISIS-Damaged Antiquities

10 Dec 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous

Multiple Agencies Join Effort to Track ISIS-Damaged Antiquities

As violence by the Islamic State continues to dominate the news, a joint effort by federal agencies, nonprofits and scholars is proceeding apace to document, preserve and protect cultural artifacts that have been destroyed or are threatened in Iraq and Syria.

On Friday, six months after ISIS destroyed two famous ancient shrines in Palmyra, the National Geographic Society will host an international summit “Protecting Our Shared Heritage in Syria.” Set to include a lunchtime session open to the public, it is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and organized by the Boston University-based American Schools of Oriental Research along with the Archaeological Institute of America. 

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