DGAM, represented by Prof. Maamoun AbdulKarim,
Director-General, participated in the annual conference on crimes against art on June 24 in the Italian city of Amelia. The conference was held under the auspices of ARCA
(The Association for Research into Crimes against Art), Which is an organization that supports and promotes studies and research on crimes against art and the protection of cultural heritage under the chairmanship of Ms. Lynda Albertson.
The conference dealt with several topics, the most important of which were:
- Illegal trafficking of antiquities in all countries of the world.
- Use the Internet to trade art
- Art forging cases
- How to save heritage in times of crisis
- The best means to be used for emergency evacuation of art pieces
- How to investigate and prosecute the crimes of archeology
- Find the best solutions to prevent the trafficking of antiquities and stop the destruction of cultural heritage in all countries of the world.
In his lecture, Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim
focused on the reality of archeological sites in Syria, which are subject to vandalism and theft by the gangs of antiquities cooperating with extremist groups, especially ISIS, where a large number of sites were destroyed in Syria during the crisis years, like Dura-Eupopos, Mari,and other sites in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zour, and Apamea in the province of Hama, and Tel-Ashari in Daraa …etc.
focused on The efforts of DGAM, in cooperation with the competent authorities in Syria, and the local community in order to restore more than 7,000 pieces of antiquities before they left Syria ,
In particular, the role of UNESCO, INTERPOL
and other international scientific institutions, which cooperate with DGAM to counter the smuggling of antiquities in Syria, in accordance with the decisions adopted by the Security Council in 2015 and 2017, which criminalize trafficking in antiquities
It should be noted that during this year, a large number of specialists in the field of combating antiquities trafficking from various European countries and the United States, including jurists, police and archaeologists, attended the conference.