The Event

Protecting Our Shared Heritage in Syria: An International Summit to Promote Collaboration 

Thursday, December 10, 2015: National Endowment for the Humanities Offices

Friday, December 11, 2015: The National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium

Since 2011, the world has witnessed the destruction of cultural heritage and cultural warfare at a rate unparalleled since World War II. The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a groundbreaking, international summit to empower groups protecting cultural heritage in Syria and other conflict zones in working collaboratively and efficiently as they respond to imperiled sites and collections.

This open symposium featured more than 20 international organizations meeting to discuss collaborative solutions to this crisis: AIA; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the Antiquities Coalition; ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives; Computational Research of the Ancient Near East (CRANE, at the University of Toronto); CyArk; Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA, at Oxford University); the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI); International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Manar al-Athar; the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago; Penn Cultural Heritage Center; Shirin; the Smithsonian Institute; the Syrian Heritage Archive Project (a joint project of German Archaeological Institute and the Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin); The Day After project; the Past For Sale Initiative at the University of Chicago; UNESCO; UNOSAT; United Nations Security Council; U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; the World Monuments Fund (WMF); and Yale University.

* Funding for the two-day summit and this symposium was provided by the NEH with additional assistance from the Council for American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), and the Rust Family Foundation. Indirect support was provided by the NEH, the National Geographic Society, AIA, and ASOR.