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A tree for Palmyra Martyr dr. Asaad

Antonio Ferrari urges tribute to archaeologist killed by IS

Archaeologist Khalid al-Asaad

Archaeologist Khalid al-Asaad DGAM

As usual, Corriere della Sera editorialist does not miss the chance to highlight the examples of greatest moral value as a call for the whole of us. The journalist, who had met with the erudite and passionate scholar in Syria in the Eighties, said we still need his teaching. Gariwo joined Mr. Ferrari's proposal and demanded a special ceremony to be held at Milan Garden of the Righteous in memory of this great man. The City Hall has given significant signs of support. We will commit to the full accomplishment of this ceremony.

The communiqué released by the Syrian Department of Antiquities which Khaled Asaad had served since 1963 reads as follows:

The well-known archaeologist Khaled Asaad (former Director of Palmyra Antiquities Department) who was beheaded by the terrorist members of ISIS today, Tuesday 18th of August 2015 According to reports, his body was crucified at the Palmyrean columns area (which he restored himself) in the center of Palmyra, after being beheaded at the museum courtyard.

Mr. Asaad started his career at DGAM in 1963 as a Director of Palmyra Antiquities, he was an inspirational and dedicated professional who was committed to DGAM even after his retirement.

In addition to his generous character with great respect and admiration, he was known as one of the country’s top archaeologists and also recognized as an expert in the Palmyrean history, his name was connected with many Syrian remarkable archaeologists such as Adnan Bunni and had several publications known for the international scholars.

The DGAM strongly condemns this cowardly and criminal act of appalling brutality. However, it is his family who will feel his loss the greatest and our thoughts and prayers go out to them all.

1 September 2015

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