Life in Palmyra did not stop in the third century but has gone on more or less continuously at the site for the 1,700 years since.
Khaled Al-Asaad was beheaded in 2015 after refusing to lead ISIS to ancient artifacts from Palmyra that he had hidden in a secure location.
The two countries signed a memorandum on the restoration of monuments and artifacts in the ancient city.
The 2,000-year old statue, which for decades greeted visitors to the Palmyra museum before it was smashed by ISIS militants, has been restored in Damascus.
A new online exhibition on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra by the Getty Research Institute forgoes the city’s historical complexity to take an Orientalist approach.
Gathering a wealth of historical photographs, prints, and writing, the Getty offers the public a look at the legacy and allure of Palmyra.
The historic architecture of Palmyra continues to be destroyed by terror groups.
A replica of Palmyra’s ancient Arch of Triumph, built by Romans and destroyed last year by ISIS militants, is on a world tour.
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Why recreate Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch and set it up in Western capitals? Why perform European art music in the ancient theater? The organizers suggest that each event is a show of solidarity with Syrians, but these gestures — Western groups drawing attention to ancient remains, primarily for Western audiences — seem like odd ways to accomplish this. Is there another way to explain these events?
Since its capture by ISIS in May of 2015, Palmyra has become a kind of archaeological fetish for the West.
Working with the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), a team of digital surveyors have shared what it describes as some of the first images and videos to emerge from Palmyra since the ousting of ISIS in late March.