Overview

On December 10–11, 2015, representatives from 19 international groups involved in protecting the cultural heritage of Syria and other zones of conflict met in Washington, DC to identify ways in which they could collaborate to maximize their efforts. This meeting, titled Seeking Collaboration: A Summit for Projects Collecting Cultural Heritage Data in Syria and Conflict Zones was co-organized by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), (Dr. Andrew Vaughn, Executive Director), and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), (Dr. Ann Benbow, Executive Director). The Summit was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), (Dr. Sarah Lepinski, Program Officer) which provided grant monies, meeting space, and logistical support; the Rust Family Foundation (Dr. Michele Miller, Program Officer) which provided travel grants; the National Geographic Society (NGS), (Dr. Christopher Thornton, Senior Director, NGS Cultural Heritage Initiatives) which provided meeting space and logistical support; and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), (Dr. Christopher Tuttle, Executive Director) which sponsored the event’s group dinner.