University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, organized the symposium entitled as “A crisis of Syrian cultural heritage and the efforts to safeguard it”, the symposium which sponsored by Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, held on February 21 - 22, 2015 in Tokyo.
It aimed to introduce the endangered Syrian cultural heritage and people’s efforts for safeguarding it to demonstrate for the broad audience in Japan. Ten presentations were given by experts of different principles, including archaeology, architecture, and traditional music.
The DGAM participated in the symposium by three video letters: the first one presented by Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim (General – Director) addressed the situation of Syrian cultural heritage, the strategies and vision of the DGAM during the crises, the second presented by Arch. Lina Kutiefan (Director of Syrian World Heritage Sites) which talked about the documentation processes to the archaeological sites damaged by clashes and illegal excavations, the final presented by Dr. Ahmad Deb (Director of Museums affairs) which explained the state of the Syrian museums and the undertaken protective measures for the artifacts.