Syria has six UNESCO
World Heritage Sites: Palmyra, Damascus, Bosra, Aleppo, the ancient Villages of
Northern Syria, and the crusader castles Crac des Chevaliers and Saladin’s
Castle. Some of the oldest cities in the world are located in Syria and a great
diversity of civilisations left their mark.
GMREH had to move its
archaeological activities to other regions, but its researchers continue their
work on the material culture, archaeology, epigraphy and history of ancient

Here are some reports
and columns published online, for those who want to know more about
the threats to Syria’s heritage:

recently published its Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk, to
illustrate the categories of cultural goods protected by legislation
and most vulnerable to illicit traffic. The list was established with the
help of experts and institutions, including the RMAH. It is available for
download at:

– For a column by
IAP-researcher Klaas Vansteenhuyse (KU Leuven) on Syrian heritage in danger in Knack
magazine (August 2013) [in Dutch], see:

– In March 2012, Le
Vif/L’Express magazine interviewed Belgian archaeologists Marc Lebeau (ECUMS –
Tell Beydar excavations), Eric Gubel (RMAH – Tell Kazel excavations) and Didier
Viviers (ULB – Apamea excavations) on Belgian archaeological activities in Syria [in French]:

– For a report on damaged
sites (dated May 2012) by Emma Cunliffe (Durham University), see:

– More links on: