Child Hiding Behind Egyptian Sculpture, Luxor by Theodoros Rallis 

(1852-1909). Private collection. 

“All attacks on archaeological sites and artifacts are brutal assaults on our collective human memory. They deprive us of the evidence of human endeavors and achievements….

These objects are the material record of humanity. They are not just for scholars, they are for everyone. They are the text of the past that helps define our future.”

 

– Sturt W. Manning, Director of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, and Chair of the Department of Classics at Cornell University.

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Today is a global Day of Mourning for antiquities and sacred sites destroyed by Daesh. The history of vanished civilizations is the heritage of humanity.

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