Monday, August 24, 2015

Palmyra's Temple of Baal destroyed

PALMYRA WATCH: Islamic State destroys temple at Palmyra ruins in Syria (AP).

The Daily Mail (JAY AKBAR and TOM WYKE) also covers the story, with more photos and lots of additional background on recept ISIS archaeological depredations in the Middle East:
ISIS destroy ancient temple in Palmyra using dynamite as jihadi group continue their destruction of Syria's heritage
  • ISIS thugs used dynamite to destroy the ancient temple of Baalshamin
  • The beautifully preserved temple had been there for nearly 2,000 years
  • The news comes after the demolition of the ancient Mar Elian monastery
An old post on the archaeology of Palmyra is here with links. And much more on Palmyra and its recent fate is here here and here and links. For more on the assault of ISIS on the past and its caretakers follow the links in those posts and see also the (immediately preceding) related post here.