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Aleppo Update: An inspiring return to the oft-bombed National Museum

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The blown out windows and doors on the front of Aleppo's National Museum caused by a rebel mortar attack five months ago. Shown on the right is an antiquity encased in concrete.
The blown out windows and doors on the front of Aleppo's National Museum caused by a rebel mortar attack five months ago. Shown on the right is an antiquity encased in concrete.
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Since the start of the crisis a top priority of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and the Ministry of Tourism under the able leadership of HE Eng. Bachir Yazigi, has been to encourage all Syrians, despite political differences, in defend their and our cultural heritage and to work together to transfer it to future generations.

Ms. Mouchati explained as this observer has personally and repeatedly observed across much of Syria these past few years, that DGAM staffers and citizen "monument volunteers" continue to be engaged in literally hundreds of similar cultural heritage protective projects, largely unreported by international media.

Each citizen risking their own safety preserving and protecting Syria's and our endangered culture heritage are no less than global patriots whom we honor for their service to humanity as they work to preserve our past for those who will follow us.

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Since 2013, Professor Franklin P. Lamb has traveled extensively throughout Syria. His primary focus has been to document, photograph, research and hopefully help preserve the vast and irreplaceable archaeological sites and artifacts in (more...)
 

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