About this Volume

A brief about Syria's Endangered Heritage book
by . Franklin Lamb

“For the past nearly three years (2013-2015) the author, Dr. Franklin Lamb, has traveled Syria wherever and whenever security conditions allowed, in order to research, photograph and document endangered archaeological sites and to expose the illegal excavations, looting, international trade and iconoclasm which has caused so much destruction to our shared global cultural heritage.

The oldest remains found in Syria date from the Paleolithic era (c.800 BC). Artifacts and archaeological sites currently in danger date from 5500 BC in Tel Halaf in the north of Syria and include Babylonian - Sumerian - Egyptian- Assyrian - Phoenician - Aramaic - Greeks - Romans - Byzantines - Umayyad’s – Ayyubid and later in the 13th century the Ottoman Empire. All of these sources of our globally shared cultural heritage are in danger of being ravaged and in many cases have already been destroyed.

Lamb has specifically chronicled destruction to religious icons, images, monuments, and myriad ancient structures that span pre-Roman civilizations, Islamic structures such as mosques, churches and synagogues all of which continue to be threatened for destruction for religious or political motives. Syria’s Endangered Heritage presents exclusive unpublished photographs, data and interviews from across the whole of Syria.”

About the author

Professor Franklin P. Lamb

Born and raised in Milwaukie, Oregon, Franklin Lamb served as an Assistant Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee in the US Congress after earning his law degree from Boston University School of Law as well as LLM, M.Phil, and PhD. Degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE) earning also the University College London (UCL) Diploma in International Air & Space law.  Lamb subsequently completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center where he specialized in Chinese Law, as well as International Legal Studies at Cambridge University in the UK while spending two summers studying Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.

This authors books include Pollution as a Problem of International Law (PhD. Thesis published by the University of London1976) International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra—Shatila Massacre, (1983) published by Imp. TIPOE: 42 rue Lebour 93100 Montreuil, France (5th printing 2015 in Arabic and English), Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon: Eyewitness Chronicles of the Invasion and Occupation. Foreword by Sean MacBride, Boston: South End Press and Spokesman, 2nd. Edition1984. (Reprinted, 2014) First Edition published as Reason Not the Need: Eyewitness Chronicles of Israel’s War in Lebanon, UK: Spokesman, 1984. The Price We Pay: A Quarter—Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons against Civilians in Lebanon (2006) is available in Arabic and English. His latest books, Syria’s Endangered Heritage: An International Responsibility to Protect and Preserve ‎‎(2015) is available in Arabic and English as is his three volume set, Palestine, Lebanon & Syria (Commentary and Analysis 2006-2015). Due out during summer of 2016, in English and Arabic, is Lamb's book, The Case for Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon: Why the Resistance Sleeps.

All volumes are available on Amazon/Kindle,Smashwords and other ebook outlets or from www.syrian-heritage.com. Total  book sale proceeds are earmarked for tuition grants awarded to refugee students by The Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (SSSP) based in Washington, DC and Beirut, Lebanon.

During more than 30 months, the author chronicled and reported on much damage to archeological sites in Syria as well as other aspects of this country’s unique ‘cradle of civilization’ culture.  A few examples of the authors in-depth work include the old city of Homs with its heavily damaged, Church, St. Mary’s of the Holy Belt (Um az-Zinnar ) and the nearby Khalid Bin Al Walid's Mosque.  From Homs city the author traveled northeast across Homs Governorate to Palmyra (Tadmor) near Deir a Zor) then westerly to the 12th century fortress Krac de Chevaliers, and on up to Aleppo. Aleppo (Halab) was previously the largest city in Syria with an official pre-2011 population of 2,132,100, and it serves as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate. One of the largest cities in the Levant, the long-besieged and formerly magnificent city and Syria’s economic hub, has seen more than 8000 of her citizens killed and scores of thousands flee to neighboring countries. Aleppo has sustained massive damage to its ancient souks and to its 10th century Citadel as well as to the 8th century Great Mosque of Aleppofor more information about the author click here


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