Stop the Heritage Drain

Damage to the ancient site of Palmyra, Syria

 

Between 10 October 2009 (top) and 8 March 2014 (bottom), the northern section of the Palmyra Archaeolgoical Park has been disrupted by the construction of a new road traversing the site, and numerous earthen berms (pink arrows), many of which are being used to provide cover for military vehicles (yellow arrows). Images ©2014, DigitalGlobe, NextView License | Analysis AAAS. Coordinates: 34.55N, 38.26E.

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Between October 2009 (top) and March 2014 (bottom), the road leading to Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma’ani Castle has been reinforced with earthen berms, and two trailers have been emplaced near the citadel – an observation which corresponds to ground-based photographs (bottom, inset). Photo: Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology, August 2014 (www.apsa2011.com‬)‬‬.‬ Satellite images ©2014, DigitalGlobe, NextView License | Analysis AAAS. Coordinates: 34.55N, 38.26E.‬‬‬

The ancient city wall of Palmyra (yellow arrow) and the barracks of Diocletian’s camp (purple arrow) are intact in October 2009 (top). By March 2014 (bottom), a portion of the wall has been destroyed for a military encampment (pink arrow), fortified by earthen berms (blue arrows), and the terrain in the camp has softened. Images ©2014, DigitalGlobe, NextView License | Analysis AAAS. Coordinates: 34.55N, 38.26E.

source: American Association for the Advancement of Science

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