Dating culture in syria
While the humanitarian situation in Syria remains grave, the conflict also means hundreds of priceless cultural treasures may be destroyed, if they aren't already.UNESCO is stepping up the pace to prevent more damage."The key point is that we need to change speed, even though it is very difficult to operate in Syria," Bandarin said.In its appeal to the parties involved in the conflict, the UN organization refers to international treaties such as the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict adopted in 1954, which was also signed by Syria.Now based in Jordan, she collects information about the situation from Syrian colleagues and the Internet."To our knowledge, the German Archeological Institute excavation sites have not been affected by looting, but a massive destruction of Syria's cultural heritage is definitely taking place," she told DW in an email interview.
The Director General of Antiquities and Museums, Maamoun Abdulkarim, who cooperates with UNESCO and provides regular reports on the situation, has "called for a neutral action required for the sake of culture and requested politically neutral support," as stated in a report addressing the issue of illicit trafficking in Syria.
Major antiquities have been stolen from at least six museums.
Fortunately, the 77,000 artefacts which make up the collections in Syria's archeological museums are now stored in a secure location.
It is also impracticable to provide constant surveillance for all of the 10,000 archaeological sites in the country.
Worthwhile drops in the ocean Other UNESCO actions involve identifying the artifacts which could be circulating on the black market and collaborating with different international partners, including INTERPOL and the police and custom services of neighboring countries.