Famous Syrian archaeologist beheaded by ISIS militants in Palmyra – University of Copenhagen

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21 August 2015

Famous Syrian archaeologist beheaded by ISIS militants in Palmyra

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The DGAM Directorate-General of Antiquities & Museums has announced the passing of Khalid al-Asaad - the former Director of Palmyra Antiquities.

According to sources al-Assad was beheaded by ISIS at the museum courtyard in Palmyra. Al-Assad was a well-known scholar who gave several significant contributions to the study of the history and heritage at the ancient city of Palmyra.

UNESCO had condemned the killing of the Syrian archaeologist and Italian museums has decided to fly their flags at half-mast to pay respect to al-Assad's memory.

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