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Obituary: Khaled el-Asaad: Syrian Archaeologist (Palmyra)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:58 am    Post subject: Obituary: Khaled el-Asaad: Syrian Archaeologist (Palmyra) Reply with quote

It is with deep regret to announce the death of the Syrian archaeologist Khaled el-Asaad, best known for his work at Palmyra, whose death at the hands of IS was announced today.

See the full story at the BBC website.

Described as "...one of the most important pioneers in Syrian archaeology in the 20th Century". The murder has been denounced as a "horrific act" by Unesco, the UN cultural organisation.

"They killed him because he would not betray his deep commitment to Palmyra," Unesco Director General Irina Bokova said in a statement.

"His work will live on far beyond the reach of these extremists," she said. "They murdered a great man, but they will never silence history."

Truly horrific.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awful, sad news. Rest in peace Crying or Very sad
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