Monday, 17 March 2014

war imposed heavy loss on archaeology

War, the latest visitor to Syria’s fabled Palmyra

MARCH 17, 2014
The ancient oasis city of Palmyra was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, but now bears the scars violence and looting. – AFP pic, March 17, 2014.The ancient oasis city of Palmyra was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, but now bears the scars violence and looting. – AFP pic, March 17, 2014.Syria's fabled desert Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra saw its last tourist in September 2011, six months after the uprising began. Its most recent visitors are violence and looting.
Ancient Palmyra now bears the scars of modern warfare but also greed in the form of pillaged tombs.
The Unesco-listed "pearl of the desert" world heritage site in Homs province, just over 200km northeast of Damascus, was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.
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