Syrian Students Restore our Global Cultural Heritage, Tesserae by Tesserae
(Students and their instructors, briefing a guest about their reconstruction of the Berhalia Mosaic inside the Damascus Citadel and how they feel about the current crisis engulfing their country. 6/6/14)
The Damascus Citadel, Syria
During mid-July, 2013, the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) of the Ministry of Culture in Damascus received an urgent message from citizens of Berhalia, a village about 30 kilometers West of Damascus. Berhalia is located in an area that has seen much fighting and from which the central government has lacked easy access and no control. The simple message was that it might be possible to recover a severely damaged Syria archeological treasure from militants who took possession of it.
The piles of thousands of small colored Byzantium tiles called tesserae, according to someone involved in the case…
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