The ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiatives has 13 volunteers who support our project in a variety of ways. These volunteers come from all walks of life and have interests ranging from archaeology, conservation, geographic information systems, anthropology, classical studies, Middle East history, international relations, political science, as well as many more diverse fields. They have all devoted their time and expertise to support the mission of the Initiative by documenting damage to tangible cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq while also raising global awareness of the humanitarian crisis in this regions.
Archiving media and articles is a major component of project so that the Initiative may better document and study the effects of cultural heritage loss in Syria and Iraq. This includes saving news articles, reports, photographs, images, and videos documented on the Heritage Timeline and Incident Reports. Many of our volunteers have offered their time to help preserve this important information.
Components of the Syrian Heritage Initiative website, including the Heritage Timeline and a soon-to-be released index for the Weekly Reports are developed and maintained by volunteers.
Students studying international relations and political science have provided in-depth analysis for the Military and Political context section of the Weekly Reports, which document incidents of damage and destruction to cultural heritage sites in both Syria and Iraq. Additionally, many of our Arabic translation needs are fulfilled by these same individuals.
ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative would like to thank all of its volunteers, both past and present, for their invaluable contribution to the project.
Erin Van Gessel
Members and Friends of ASOR can help us by sharing posts from the ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative Facebook page and spreading the word about our research. To learn more about volunteering opportunities for the Initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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