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An explanation of the database of Syrian archaeological material on this site, this section offers a brief description of the resources deposited here as well as offering links to websites that record damage and destruction caused by the Syrian civil war. This exhibit is intended to offer a starting point for people interested in Syrian cultural heritage and who wish to explore further questions around the ongoing damage to Syrian monuments. Some pages in this section will also consider issues relating to future plans for the restoration of these monuments, such as ethical considerations surrounding the distinctions between conservation/restoration and rebuilding, the practice of salvage archaeology and questions relating to memory and intangible heritage.
This section of the website reports the community initiatives that have been undertaken in relation to this research. Due to the war in Syria, this work has concentrated on engagement with different groups in Georgia. There has been a particular focus on educational programmes organised in partnership with the Simon Janashia State Museum of Georgia (the Georgian National Museum) with funding from the University of Exeter. The work is currently ongoing and it is hoped that the project will continue after the Architecture and Asceticism project is completed in October 2017.