Technical meeting, for Improving Inventories of
Built, Movable and Intangible Cultural Heritage
In the framework of the Urgent Safeguarding to the Syrian cultural Heritage and at the request of DGAM, UNESCO organized a technical meeting, for "Improving Inventories of Built, Movable and Intangible Cultural Heritage"
in Beirut-Lebanon, from 16 to 18 February 2015.
The aim of the meeting was to analyses the current inventories and documentation systems in Syria and to propose measures to improve them in order to document cultural heritage, track losses and destruction, as well as enable the national cultural heritage stakeholders to be operational and accurate when planning post-recovery actions.
The meeting was attended by a DGAM delegation with representatives of the international archaeological institutes in France, Germany and a number of international scientific institutions who work on Satellite based damage assessment to cultural heritage sites in Syria, from universities and documentation centers, as well as representatives of some international excavation missions that have worked in Syria.
During the first session the DGAM participants reviewed the efforts in building the Syrian archaeological heritage inventories for museums artifacts, archaeological sites and historic buildings system, the inventory methodology, statements and data investigating. Furthermore, the international institutions presented the documentation projects carried out for the Syrian cultural heritage.
The technical session focused on three categories:
- Movable heritage inventory and the priorities of the national authorities to enhance the database for the museums in order to help to recover the stolen or smuggled artifacts.
- Built heritage inventory and the efforts of the national team which focused during the past few years on the issue of damages resulted by clashes or illegal excavations, and how to enhance the information and documents to the damaged areas especially for sites that not be accessed because of the security situation, such as the cities of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor.
- Intangible heritage inventory and the project Inventories for 100 elements of Intangible heritage as a model of inventory to the richness and endangered intangible heritage and the ways to protected and documented.
Improving Inventories of Built, Movable and Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting
In the final session, the participants discussed the necessity to integrate existing inventory and documentation systems in Syria with other systems and Identification of recommendations measures to improve it by integrating built, intangible and movable issues. In addition to develop joint steps to build up a network which, can support the DGAM efforts and the international stakeholders in updating the inventory systems and databases for the sake of the safeguarding the Syrian cultural heritage. .