Syrian Arab Republic

Archeologist: ‘For Russia, Syria’s cultural heritage is personal’; Oleg Yegorov; RBTH

Russian archeologist Timur Karmov, who worked on the historic sites at Palmyra after the city was liberated from ISIS control, is now leading a scientific expedition to northern Syria. He spoke to RBTH about the fight to preserve the country’s architectural monuments and why they are of particular value to Russians.

Timur Karmov, an archeologist affiliated with the Russian Cultural Ministry’s Heritage Institute, was one of the first civilians to enter Palmyra in April 2016 as part of a group of Russian cultural scientists tasked with assessing the condition of the city’s monuments following months of control by the Islamic State.

Later this month, Karmov will lead a new research expedition to northern Syria to check on the status of a UNESCO site in Aleppo Province, which is still under threat from the civil war.

RBTH: What is the purpose of this expedition?

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