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Published on 19 February 2013
Meanwhile, things continue to be terrible in Syria. The latest: 18 irreplaceable ancient mosaics depicting scenes from Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” have been stolen.
"We have been informed that these mosaics are now on the Syrian-Lebanese border," Minister of Culture Lubana Mushaweh said, reporting that the mosaics had been taken in an illegal excavation.
Mushaweh went on to insist that the museums across the war-torn nation remain well guarded; UNESCO has appealed for protection of Syria’s cultural heritage and has six world heritage sites within its borders.
However, Mushaweh admitted that Syria’s cultural ministry faces great difficulties in "safeguarding 10,000 historical sites scattered around Syria.”
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The ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu are a door into Africa's golden age. We must not let this crisis threaten their survival
These manuscripts are our identity
Mosaics depicting scenes from Homer?s epic poem The Odyssey.
18 February 2013
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International Conference on Protection of Cultural Property in Asia