Thursday, February 6, 2014
War in Syria Causing Looting of Archaeological Sites
The AP reports that the civil war in Syria has led to extensive looting of the country's significant archaeological heritage, with UNESCO expressing concern. The European Union has provided funding (€2.5 million!) to combat the looting and trafficking. A related report from Reuters says that UNESCO also thanked "Hollywood" (probably referring to George Clooney) for raising awareness about threats to cultural heritage through the new movie "The Monuments Men."