MCC General Meeting 2014 – A report on Session 1: Syria

The MCC General Meeting recently took place in Alghero, Sardinia, gathering alumni from all past Mosaic Conservation Courses. Eighteen participants from Syria, Jordan, Tunisia and Libya gave presentations on projects carried out in their institutions. In the next weeks we’ll be posting reports on each of the four sessions.

Session 1 saw four presentations from members of the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM). The first three speakers attended MCC courses in 2011 and 2012, while the last has just completed a course.

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عن أثر الصراع المسلح والثورة على الآثار في ليبيا ومصر وسوريا‎ ‎

نشرة 2013 1\4 من مجلة دراسات الآثار والتراث في شرق البحر الأبيض المتوسط، من إصدار آن كيلّيبريو ‏وساندرا سكام، التي تم تقديمها في  قسم المنتدى المخصص لتداعيات الصراع المسلح والثورة على الآثار في ‏ليبيا ومصر وسوريا، و لا يزال الموضوع متسماً بأهمية بالغة حتى الآن، وقد تم عرض حالات متعددة عن ‏صراعات أدت إلى تضرر الإرث الثقافي في سوريا وليبيا، على هذه الـمدونة‎. ‎
وفي هذا العدد من المجلة تم الكشف عن تعقيدات الحفاظ على مقتنيات الماضي في خضم الحاضر المضطرب.‏‎ ‎

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On the impact of armed conflict and revolution on archaeology in Libya, Egypt and Syria

The 2013 issue 1/4 of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, edited by Ann E. Killebrew and Sandra A. Scham, presents a special Forum section devoted to the impact of armed conflict and revolution on archaeology in Libya, Egypt and Syria.

The topic is still of extreme relevance today, and different cases of conflict-related damage to cultural heritage in Syria and Libya have been presented on this blog.

In this issue of the Journal the complexities of preserving the past in the context of a volatile present are explored.

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Focus on Cyrene, World Heritage Site in Libya

Cyrene is one of the five enlisted UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lybia. It was the most important Greek colony in the area, founded in the 7th century B.C. The remains spread over a large area, and present impressive structures such as the Greek Temple of Zeus and the Roman theatre. Since the beginning of the revolution, fears had arisen in the international community for the possible damage that military actions could bring to the site.

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A review on the situation of cultural heritage in Libya since the revolution

Libya is one of the richest countries in the Mediterranean basin for archaeology and cultural heritage, with five enlisted UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient Greco-Roman cities of Cyrene in the east, Sabratha and Leptis Magna in the west, have some of the best-preserved archaeological remains, presenting many amazing mosaics.

The armed conflict that started in January 2011, leading to the Gaddafi regime’s fall in October of the same year, raised concerns in the international community for the safety of archaeological sites in Libya.

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Safeguarding Syrian heritage: a review of online resources

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, organizations and individuals around the world have contributed in various ways to documenting the destruction of cultural heritage, fighting illicit trafficking and raising awareness among the international community. The following is a selection of online resources that provide information on the current state of Syrian heritage sites and describe initiatives for their safeguarding.

The Syrian DGAM - Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums, presents governmental initiatives to protect the country’s heritage on its website, in English and Arabic. 

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