Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2017
(14 May 2017)
Emma Cunliffe will present the next event in the series with her lecture entitled 'Syrian Heritage in Conflict: Destruction and Protection" on Wednesday, 24 May at 6pm in the Learning Room of Palace Green Library, Palace Green. This lecture is free for all. Please confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as spaces are limited.
"The conflict in Syria has devastated both the people and the cultural heritage, affecting all of Syria’s World Heritage sites, and most of the Tentative World Heritage sites, as well as countless smaller sites. This talk will look at the destruction, examining some of the myths around it, the reasons why it happens, and highlighting the work being done all around the world to help Syrians protect their wonderful heritage."
Dr Emma Cunliffe is a member of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Project, based at Durham, Oxford, and Leicester Universities. Her research looks at heritage destruction in peace and in conflict, and at ways to protect sites. Initially specialising in Syria, she now examines heritage destruction in a number of countries. Much of her work involves satellite imagery analysis to assess damage to sites, including consultancy for the UN satellite imagery agency UNOSAT, which support research into improving policies and training for site protection for heritage.
A drinks reception will follow the lecture at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.