Sarah BirkeMay 17, 2010 06:48Updated May 30, 2010 13:29
DAMASCUS, Syria — Barely a week goes by in Syria without a new archaeological find. Witness the recent uncovering of Tel Zeidan, an Ubaid settlement dating from 6,000 to 4,000 B.C. which will give clues as to life in early Mesopotamia, and Hellenistic coins uncovered in a site near Aleppo.
But archaeologists are warning that Syria’s cultural heritage is in danger. Last year UNESCO, the U.N.’s scientific and cultural body, threatened to take away the Old City of Damascus’ cultural heritage status because of a lack of protection accorded the city.