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Podcast: Syria’s art heritage – Forgotten victims of the conflict

A discussion about the ongoing and deliberate destruction of the historical heritage of Syria. Download the podcast here or go to the VoR site using the link below. Is this the new iconoclasm? From Voice of Russia UK hosted by … Continue reading

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The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists

Very sad to read but no real surprise. by Patrick Cockburn First published in The Independent 11 Feb 2014 Islamic fundamentalists in Syria have started to destroy archaeological treasures such as Byzantine mosaics and Greek and Roman statues because their … Continue reading

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Syria upheaval halts race to reveal secrets of ancient fort

Archaeologists despair of completing excavation work on site before it is flooded by new dam. By Charlotte McDonald-Gibson Published in the Independent Friday, 14 October 2011 Anti-government protests gripping Syria have forced archaeologists to abandon excavation work on ancient ruins … Continue reading

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Temple of the ‘Bride of the Desert’

Each night at sunset, the “bride of the desert,” as she has been known for centuries, gets dressed for her wedding. In those last moments of daylight, she dons a robe of stunning colors—the buttery yellow of her limestone columns … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Annual Runciman Lecture – Byzantine Architecture reconfigured in early Islamic Syria

Professor Robert Hillenbrand The Great Hall at Kings’ College, London was packed again this year as over 250 people enjoyed the lecture by Professor Robert Hillenbrand. The subject matter of “Byzantine Architecture reconfigured in early Islamic Syria” did not at … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Annual Runciman Lecture – 4 Feb 2010

The nineteenth annual Runciman Lecture will be held this coming Thursday 4 February 2010 at 18.00 in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, Kings’ College, London. Professor Robert Hillenbrand (Edinburgh) will present: Byzantine Architecture reconfigured in early Islamic Syria. The lecture … Continue reading

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Syria’s last speakers of Jesus’s mother tongue

Kevin Rushby explores the ancient souks of Aleppo before heading south to meet the villagers of Malula – the last living speakers of Aramaic – an audio visual presentation. Excellent!

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Syria’s mysterious Dead Cities

It may sound like an Indiana Jones film, but Syria’s abandoned Byzantine towns are real – though barely visited – archaeological treasures The stone window ledge has two rows of seven shallow depressions cut into it, and I am sitting … Continue reading

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Byzantine Era – Geometric mosaic unearthed in Syrian archaeological site

By Ruaa AL-Jazaeri Sunday, 13 December 2009 19:53 The Syrian National Excavation Expedition working at Tal al-Kasara archaeological site in Deir Ezzor Province (Northeastern Syria) discovered a 44-meter long mosaic painting. The painting was found in the cool hall of … Continue reading

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