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LECTURE: It Isn’t Just ISIS: Cultural Destruction in the Near East

LECTURE: It Isn’t Just ISIS: Cultural Destruction in the Near East

LECTURE: It Isn’t Just ISIS: Cultural Destruction in the Near East

Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, 3rd Floor, Emory University

Presented by Dr. Melinda Hartwig and Dr. Hilary Gopnik

Looting and the destruction of antiquities in Egypt have risen sharply in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.  Estimates reveal some three billion dollars’ worth of artifacts has been plundered.  Looters have broken into museums and left thousands of empty pits at archaeological sites.  Egyptologist Melinda Hartwig, curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Carlos Museum, will discuss methods Egyptologists and other professionals are using to protect and preserve antiquities, and reduce looting at archaeological sites.  However, the recent destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East is only the latest in a long history of loss.  Archaeologist Hilary Gopnik of Emory’s Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program will discuss the history of cultural heritage preservation and destruction in the Middle East, with specific reference to the recently damaged sites of Nimrud and Palmyra, and will suggest things that each of us can do to help protect the past.

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