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Activists Race to Save Syria's Cultural History

The museum in the Syrian town of Maarat al-Numan is well-known for its ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics — which are now hidden from view, indefinitely. They were wrapped and sandbagged by volunteers who are working to preserve Syria’s history from the destruction caused by the country’s civil war. Syrian opposition member Amr Al-Azm, an associate professor of history at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, said government forces launched an assault on Maarat al-Numan not...

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