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The World between Empires: Conversations on the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

Feb 18, 2019 12 MINUTES

In this video, produced as an installation for The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East, three leading archaeologists examine the impact of the destruction of cultural heritage during recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and discuss current and potential responses.


Left: Zainab Bahrani, Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York

Center: Michel Al-Maqdissi, Researcher, Musée du Louvre, Paris; former Director of Excavations and Archaeological Studies, Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums of Syria

Right: Michał Gawlikowski, Professor Emeritus, University of Warsaw; former Director of the Polish Archaeological Mission in Palmyra