World summits, photo exhibition zeroed in on Syrian archeological heritage

Over the past three weeks, the Syrian archeological heritage has been a main topic in several world activities held in Japan, Holland and Scotland.

The Eighth World Archeological Congress held in Kyoto, Japan, discussed the  Syrian heritage and damages caused to the historical sites during the ongoing crisis in the country, according to the Tishreen newspaper [In Arabic].

The paper reported that the Syrian delegation, which took part in the WAC, gave several lectures on the efforts exerted by the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) to protect the historic sites in Syria and the current situation in Palmyra city [Tadmor].

 It added that the Lebanese archaeologist Dr. Janin Abdul Masih and the Bolognese expert Robir Zakoveski underlined the need to protect the Syrian heritage during the ongoing war on the country.

The 8th World Archeological Congress was held from August 28th till September 2nd.

Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Two days before the start of the WAC8 in Japan, the DGAM's Director-General Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim participated in the 3rd Edinburgh International Culture Summit where he gave a lecture about the Syrian heritage.

" Syria is home to several of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, forming a unique record of the development of human civilization," he said, calling on the international community to redouble its efforts to help Syria protect and rebuild its heritage for the benefit of all humanity.

"We welcome Edinburgh World Heritage's offer of help. Syria's heritage belongs to its people and to the people of the world. I look forwards to building closer ties with the people of Edinburgh in the future," Dr. Abdulkarim affirmed.

He also talked about the situation of antiquities in Syria during the crisis and the efforts exerted by the DGAM  in cooperation with the local society to protect museums' collections, according to the DGAM's website.

Photo exhibition in Netherlands

The website reported that the DGAM is taking part in a photo exhibition held in Holland [The Netherlands]by the Dutch Brabant heritage institute, the Regional Center of the Dutch Archives in the city of Eindhoven, the Central Library in the city of Oss, heritage and Fort Altena, in addition to Mr. Khaled Hiatlih and Ms. Rasha Hakki.

The exhibition shows the damages caused to the Dutch cultural heritage during the World War II plus the damages currently caused to the Syrian heritage.

It concentrates on the impacts of these wars on the human heritage and the refugees' problems.

The exhibition coincided with several other activities, exhibitions, and lectures held on the Syrian archaeological heritage.

Since 2011, a foreign-backed terror war has been waged on Syria targeting its people, army, civilization and infrastructures in accordance with the US-Zionist plot that aims to fragment the region and to have hegemony over its wealth.

About 360.000 foreign terrorists from 93 countries came to fight against the Syrians from April 2011 till January 2016, according to the German Firil Center for Studies. While media reports have confirmed that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the U.S., France, Britain and Israel support – by all means-terrorist organizations operating in Syria.