Friday, 4 September 2015

Palmyra's Tower Tombs Destroyed

No surprise there, ISIL militants have now blown up three of the characteristic tower tombs in Palmyra according to a Syrian antiquities official.
The three tombs are Jamblique, built in 83 A.D. and well preserved; the Elhbel, built in 103 A.D. and consisted of a bottom floor and top four floors, also well preserved; and Kithot built in 44 A.D. The detonation took place 10 days ago, before the IS terrorists blew up the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, according to Maamoun Abdulkarim, head of the Antiquities and Museums Department in Damascus.
 I guess that definitively means that this so-called "state" does not recognize cultural tourism as a potential source of future revenue.

Chuck Jones says that "ASOR CHI published a report yesterday that satellite imagery suggests that not 3 but 7 tower tombs have been destroyed".

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