|Berlin was the host for the meeting to discuss ways of cooperation with DGAM|
|12/10/2014 - عدد القراءات : 2114|
During the period from 6-9 October, several meetings were held in Berlin by the Director-General, Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim to discuss ways of cooperation and integration to face the risk to Syrian Cultural Heritage between the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), the German Archaeological Institute, the Free University of Berlin and the German archaeological missions works in Syria.
Prof. Abdulkarim met on the first day (in the German Archaeological Institute), with Prof. Friederike Fless (president of the German Archaeological Institute), Prof. Ricardo Eichmann (director of the Orient Department), and Dr. Karen Bartl (director of the German Archaeological Institute in Amman), to discuss ways to cooperate directly, exchange experience and information, and strengthen the capacity of the local cadres in DGAM. The followed meeting was with Prof. Förtsch (director of the IT department), who presented the Syrian Heritage Archive Project done by the German Archaeological Institute, and debated the mechanism of the database development at the DGAM through support it with the databases carried out by the German Archaeological missions in Syria.
On the second day, the Director-General met in the Department of Architecture at the Technical University Berlin with Professor Dorothée Sack (director of the project site Resafa 2006-2013) and her team, where the Professor reviewed the site Resafa project and prospects of cooperation with researchers and archaeologists Syrians in regard the rehabilitation project of the archaeological site.
The meetings continued in the afternoon with the Free University Berlin in the presence of both Prof. Hartmut Kühne (director of the Tall Sheikh Hamad project). Prof. Kühne reviewed, the documents and data available to the German archaeological missions and a mechanism to create an integrated database between the two teams (Syrian and German) regarding Museum of Deir al-Zour artifacts. It is worth to mention that the German archaeological mission played a key role in study and implement the exhibition scenario in the museum when it opened in 1996.
In the evening, the Director-General presented a lecture on "Archaeological Heritage in Syria during the Crisis 2011-2014" at the invitation of Prof. Dominik Bonatz (director of the Tall Fakhariyeh project), the Free University of Berlin and the German Archaeological Institute, dozens of archaeologists and researchers who interested in the effects of Syrian cultural heritage were attended.
In the same context, a meetings were held in the third day, the first was in the Museum of the Ancient near Easton with Prof. Markus Hilgert (director of the Museum of the Ancient Near East), the meeting review the cooperation in training the DGAM staff in the field of museums, laboratories and fight against smuggling of Syrian antiquities, where the German will start the project of fight smuggling Syrian antiquities in 2015. The second meeting was in the Museum of Islamic Art with both Dr. Ute Franke, (deputy director of the Museum of Islamic Art), Dr. Julia Gonnella (curator of the Museum of Islamic Art) and Prof. Kay Kohlmeyer (director of the Aleppo citadel project - temple of the weather god). They discussed and reviewed several topics in ways of safeguarding Aleppo Citadel.
At the end of the visit, the German side showed their eagerness to strengthen cultural relations and support local plans for the protection of the cultural heritage of Syria; they commended the ongoing efforts carried out by the DGAM in the field of protection of cultural heritage Syrian despite of the difficult circumstances in the country. In addition, they invited the DGAM presented by the General Director to participate in the International conference that will be held in Berlin on "Fight against Trafficking the Syrian Cultural Property" in December of this year.
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