"For example, as they pulled out of the campus of Mosul University, they burned campus buildings," Danti said. (In 2015, ISIS also released a video showing militants ransacking the Mosul Museum in northern Iraq.)
"It all adds up to a massive cultural heritage and educational crisis for Syria and Iraq that will require large-scale, concerted action from the international community as one part of a massive humanitarian relief program," Danti added.
The latest damage to monuments at Palmyra took place sometime between Dec. 26, 2016, and Jan. 10, 2017, according to ASOR CHI. (The Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums said that locals had informed them about the destruction at Palmyra at least a week ago.)
The Tetrapylon was built to make Palmyra's main street look more harmonious, as it lies at a point where the route changes direction, according to ASOR CHI. This structure has four large platforms, each supporting four massive columns. The latest satellite images show that now just two columns remain standing, and debris is scattered around the structure. ASOR CHI says this monument seems to have been intentionally destroyed using explosives.
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The satellite images also show that the Roman theater, which dates back to the second century A.D., has sustained damage to its stage backdrop and new stone debris appears to be scattered across the center of the stage.
Since war broke out in Syria in 2011, archaeologists have been turning to satellite data to monitor destruction and looting of the region's heritage sites, which include prehistoric mounds, Roman outposts and the ruins of Assyrian, Persian and Akkadian empires.
Original article on Live Science.
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