Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Syria & Iraq
Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Syria and Iraq
The current conflicts in Syria and Iraq have resulted in dramatic and ongoing damage to cultural heritage sites. This presentation details examples of this damage detected using high-resolution satellite imagery in coordination with local ground documentation and verified media reports. These examples are part of the analysis done by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Geospatial Technologies Project as part of the Saving the Heritage of Syria and Iraq (SHOSI) Project in connection with the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center. This talk will also feature an update on recent training efforts and ground preservation work in both Syria and Iraq by the SHOSI Project and colleagues at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage.
Katharyn Hanson, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Cultural Heritage Center and a Visiting Scholar at the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She works as an archaeologist specializing in the protection of cultural heritage. Katharyn received her doctorate from the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled: Considerations of Cultural Heritage: Threats to Mesopotamian Archaeological Sites. She has curated museum exhibits and published on damage to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria. Her research combines archaeology, remote sensing, and cultural heritage policy. She has been involved in various archaeological fieldwork projects for over 19 years. She recently served as the Program Director for the Archaeological Site Preservation Program at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq and holds the position of secretary for the US Committee of the Blue Shield.