Syrian Archaeological Heritage Under Threat

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Syrian Archaeological Heritage Under Threat, also known as Syrian Archaeological Heritage in Danger, Patrimoine Syrien[1] or Le patrimoine archéologique syrien en danger (Arabic: الآثار السورية في خطر‎) is a cultural heritage activist group that runs a Facebook page documenting the damage to Syrian and World Heritage during the Syrian Civil War.[2][3][4][5][6]

The group was founded by Ali Othman and is led by several Syrian and European archaeologists including Ghayad Daoud, Shaker al Shbib and Taysir al Halebi. The spokesman for the group is Spanish archaeologist Rodrigo Martin, who remarked about the damage being done during the conflict "If this continues, the situation will be like in Iraq, it could mean that a heritage that is of great importance for the whole world destroyed."[3]

The group is not entirely based in Syria, coordinating with colleagues and other sources inside to post photographs and reports. The Facebook page compiles a list of heritage sites damaged during the Syrian Civil War and the aim of the group is to make the world pay greater attention to the heritage catastrophe likely to occur in the area and disseminate information about it.[3]


  1. ^ Cunliffe, Emma., Damage to the Soul: Syria's cultural heritage in conflict, Durham University and the Global Heritage Fund, 1 May 2012
  2. ^ Peter Edwell (7 September 2012). "Edwell, Peter., The perils of history and antiquity in Syria, The Conversation, 7 September 2012". The Conversation. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Malin "Axelsson, Malin., Syriens strider hotar kulturarvet, SvD Kultur, 9 September 2012". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  4. ^ Martina Doering,. "Doering, Martina., Frankfurter Rundschau, Konflikt in Syrien Schätze der Menschheit, 16 August 2012". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ Journal de Angola, Combates na Síria põem património em perigo, 25 August 2012
  6. ^ "Fisk, Robert., Syria's ancient treasures pulverised, Independent on Sunday exclusive: The nation's extraordinarily rich historical heritage is falling victim to the looting of war, Sunday 5 August 2012". The Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2014.

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