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Damage to Syria's Cultural Resources Continues

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DURHAM, ENGLAND—Local Syrian groups have been using social networking sites to publish pictures and videos of damage from tanks, military emplacements, and shelling to the country’s archaeological ruins. Graduate student Emma Cunliffe of the University of Durham, who has studied Syrian archaeological sites with satellite imagery, has been monitoring the new information daily and compiling a list of the plundered and mutilated heritage sites. “There will be a record of damage–it will be a place to start. A lot of these are going to provide very necessary tourist revenue,” she explained.