It Isn’T Just Isis: Cultural Destruction In The Near East

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Michael C. Carlos Museum says
Join us for a relevent and fascinating talk on the destruction of antiquities and historical sites in Egypt and across the Middle East. The lecture features Emory's own Hilary Gopnik from Emory’s Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program and Carlos curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art, Melinda Hartwig.

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Looting and the desctuction of antiquities in Egypt has risen sharply in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Estimates reveal some three billion dollars’ worth of artifacts have been plundered. Looters have broken into museums and left thousands of empty pits at archaeological sites. Melinda Hartwig, curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Carlos, 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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By: Michael C. Carlos Museum

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