Anyway, this isn't so much a blog as an observation of the level of destruction being inflicted upon sites of antiquity. Even the "Dead Cities" which give their name to my book, which are one of six World Heritage listed site in Syria, have been hit hard, because that is where refugees from Aleppo were heading. And you can bet your bottom dollar that with ISIS in contol of the Euphrates River Valley ancient sites discussed in the book, such as Mari, are most likely massive excavation sites as ISIS men dig for pagan loot.
Perhaps the most saddening of these photos is that of the Old Mosque in Aleppo, with it's destroyed Minaret, almost 1000 years old. This minaret what a fantastic piece of work, incorporating the eccentricities of many periods of Islamic History going all the way back to the arrival of the Seljuk Turks, and that is a fair way back - time of Charlemagne! This side of any war like will inevitably cut deep into the hearts of those who place some onus on the value of history.
|The Aleppo Minaret. Before and After|
Click on these links to observe six before and after photos of ancient Syrian sites. Thanks Dave Thomas for finding these...