The DGAM met the archaeological Japanese missions at Japan on Monday, 15 March 2015 at Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) in Beirut, concerning Syria-Japan cooperation on safeguarding of the Syrian cultural heritage.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the situation of the endangered Syrian cultural heritage and possibility of Japanese contribution for safeguarding it
in the near future by Syrian and Japanese specialists together with the cooperation of the Lebanese specialists. The meeting was based on the symposium held in Tokyo Japan on 21-22 February 2015
(A crisis of Syrian cultural heritage and the effort to safeguard it).
During the Opening session, the participants addressed the Lebanese and the DGAM contribution for safeguarding Syrian cultural heritage, the results of Tokyo symposium followed by a discussion on the possibility of Japanese contribution.
The discussed topics were focused on: the current status of the cultural heritage of Syria and the damages, mutual interest for cooperation including the exchange experiences in the field of protection movable heritage, rehabilitation the damaged old cities(especially the old city of Aleppo), training and capacity building of local staff, and provide technical support for securing protection for the collection of museums.
The meeting was attended by:
: Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim (Director-General) Dr. Ahmad Deb (Director, Museum Affairs) Ms. Lina Kutiefan (Director, Site Management & Foreign Cooperation).
Prof. Akira Tsuneki (University of Tsukuba), Dr. Kiyohide Saito (Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture), Prof. Hidemitsu Kuroki (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Prof. Shin’ichi Nishiyama (Chubu University).
Dr. Sarkis Khoury (Director-General, DGA), Invited excavation teams working in Syria:
Prof. Jeanine Abdul Massih (Lebanese University), Dr. Nadine Panayot Haroun (Balamand University), Dr. Maya Haidar Boustany (Saint Joseph University), Dr. Leila Badre (American University of Beirut).
UNESCO Office Beirut:
George Kredi, Coordinator of cultural programs Cristina Menegazzi EU Project Management Unit .
This meeting was organized by University of Tsukuba
and supported by the Agency for Cultural Affair, Government of Japan
, and Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies
, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.