nav shield Palmyra and the wider historic environment in Syria
     22 April , 2016

1.0 We can only welcome the removal of Da’esh from the World Heritage Site of Palmyra and the initial analysis that, while extensive, damage has been less widespread than previously feared. The international heritage community must now support and stand together with Syrian colleagues to work to stabilise the site and prepare it for the future.

2.0 We must, however, accept the fact that the site continues to sit within a conflict zone and that it would be premature, and insensitive, to make final decisions as to its future. While there is a clear urgency to stabilise and protect the site, wider international efforts must be directed surely to the peaceful resolution of, and to the humanitarian support for those affected and displaced by, the conflict. It must be accepted that Palmyra’s recapture does not mean the end of the war is significantly closer.

3.0 Now is the time to plan

nav shield Geneva - Geneva is believed to be the first city in the world with its own 'ambulance'to save cultural property in the event of local disasters.
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The unit contains everything from lifting devices to chemical-free blankets


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The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has published a “red list” of Libyan antiquities at risk during the current civil war.
The purpose of the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is to alert customs officials, police forces and the art trade to potentially looted antiquities. 

The publication illustrates the type of antiquities that are now vulnerable, although it is not a list of specific objects that have been looted.
Among the examples are pre-historic rock art, stones inscribed with Greek, Punic, Latin and Arabic writing, sculptures, “veiled” female funerary busts, wall paintings and mosaics, sarcophagi, jewellery and coins.

Download  Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk



"Newcastle University has been invited by UNESCO to join its prestigious universities network and establish the first ever UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace"


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nav shield 1 The United Nations Securtiy Council has adopted a resolution which, among other things, calls for a ban on trade in cultural materials illegaly removed from Syria. 

Resolution 2199

More than 250 leading academics and experts have signed an open letter calling on the UN to ban the trade of Syrian artefacts.
Read the 
full letter here

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© Graham van der Wielen, Temple of Bel- Syria 2008

Logo ICOM Illicit trafficking in works of art and cultural property has become a serious business over the past decades.
The International Council on Museums (ICOM) helps to bring this serious issue to light through the ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods.
Learn about good practices, awareness-raising, due diligence and much more here