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Database of Syrian Archaeological Material and Issues Relating to the Syrian Civil War

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.

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The Missing Link? Preliminary Fieldwork in Armenia

This article discusses preliminary thoughts about how Armenian ecclesiastical architecture relates to monuments in Syria and also begins to consider issues relating to South Caucasian church architecture in general. It puts forward the impressions made on the author by a so-called 'Syrian' type church and offers some observations on a monument that married the "three church" and domed basilica types.

The piece is intended as a starting place for future research and, as such, is very much work in progress rather than offering a fixed position on these questions at this stage.

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