20 October 2015
Irreplaceable loss: The cradle of civilisation in danger of disappearing
The civil war in Syria has had immeasurable human consequences. Over 220,000 have died, four million have fled the country and seven million are internally displaced.
But the civil war has also severely damaged the many ancient cities and archaeological sites in Syria, including the six areas included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
But why worry over a bunch of ancient ruins, when people are being killed or fleeing their homes? — Of course it is primarily the human tragedies that you have to worry about. But having said that, Syria has so many antiquities dating back to the beginning of civilization showing its history. So in that sense it is also part of our heritage, says Ingolf Thuesen, head of the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen for TV2.
Related news and articles
- Ancient City of Palmyra at Risk of Complete Destruction by Islamic State – Wall Street Journal, 5 October 2015
- Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra arch' – BBC News, 5 October 2015
- Director-General condemns the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra: “Extremists are terrified of history" – UNESCO.org, 5 October 2015
- In photos: Arch of Triumph of Palmyra upon destruction of ISIS – dgam.gov.sy, 9 October 2015
- Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra funerary towers'
- UN confirms destruction of Temple of Bel - Satelite images confirms that IS has largely destroyed the Temple of Bel in Palmyra
- Last week, another important temple (Bel Shamin tempel) was blown up by IS militants
- Recently the IS militants have beheaded the former chief of antiquities in Palmyra, Khalid al-Asaad
- In June the militants placed mines in several places of the ancient city Palmyra, including the Ball-Shamin temple and destroyed a key monumental sculpture in the city, the Lion Of Allat