Heritage at Risk

Destruction in Syria

 

The destruction of cultural heritage occurs across the globe, from natural disasters and environmental degradation to deliberate human action. In times of conflict, destruction can be both accidental and purposeful. In war-torn Syria, most of the destruction of these sites is a result of looting.

 

The objects showcased in this special display come from northeastern Syria. Drawn from the Peabody’s anthropology collection, they safeguard a part of Syria’s vast and ancient cultures. And they teach us about the lives of people from the past.

 

On view now!

 

 

Heritage at Risk: Destruction in Syria is a Yale student exhibition curated by:

 

Molly Channon

Marion Provencher Langlois

Stéphanie Machabée

María de las Mercedes Martínez

Noriko Morisue

 

It was developed for the course Landscapes of Meaning: Museums and their Objects, led by Dr. Anne Underhill and Ms. Cyra Levenson.

 

Support from the Peabody Museum was provided by Michael Anderson, Roger Colten, Becky DeAngelo, Richard Kissel, Sally Pallatto, and Rosemary Volpe.

Stacked ceramic bowls - YPM ANT 304083
Halafian pottery sherd - YPM ANT 308123
Halafian pottery sherd - YPM ANT 308125
Halafian pottery sherd - YPM ANT 309602

Destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin in August 2015. Destroyed by ISIS militants, the temple was located in the ancient city of Palmyra, in central Syria.

 

Credit:

From http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/25/islamic-state-images-destruction-palmyra-temple-baal-shamin-isis

Stacked ceramic bowls - YPM ANT 304083

Stacked ceramic bowls

Akkadian Empire (ca. 2350-2200 BCE)

Tell Leilan, Syria

YPM ANT 304083

Halafian pottery sherd - YPM ANT 308123

Halafian pottery sherd

Halaf Culture (ca. 5700-5600 BCE)

Umm Qseir, Syria

YPM ANT 308123

Halafian pottery sherd - YPM ANT 308125

Halafian pottery sherd

Halaf Culture (ca. 5700-5600 BCE)

Umm Qseir, Syria

YPM ANT 308125

Halafian pottery sherd - YPM ANT 309602

Halafian pottery sherd

Halaf Culture (ca. 5700-5600 BCE)

Umm Qseir, Syria

YPM ANT 309602