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Syrian Archaeology

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By: Katy Blanchard

We are all familiar with the images of the Buddhas of the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan as well as the heartbreaking image of the looting inside in the Baghdad Museum in 2003. All political statements aside, Syria has joined this list of destruction and devastation in the midst of its own civil war. Friday’s UNESCO […]

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Fun Friday Image of the Week

By: Amy Ellsworth

Albumen studio portrait of two Bedouin women with children on their backs taken by Maison Bonfils in ca. 1895 in Syria. PHOTOCHROME FROM ORIGINAL NEGATIVE BY BONFILS [701 BEDOUINES SYRIENNES PORTANT LEURS ENFANTS (1901 CATALOG, P. 51)] Original albumen version, AD2000-326. Penn Museum Image 166009.

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Groupe de Bedouines Syriennes (Group of Bedouin Women)

By: Maureen Callahan

Cross-posted to the International Council on Archives’ “Young Professionals, New Archivists” blog. This image, produced at some point between 1876 and 1885, was the work of Maison Bonfils, a photography studio in Beirut. A studio image, obviously staged, this photograph shows a group of Bedouin women from Syria. Bonfils is credited with introducing the genre […]

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Magic in the Ancient World

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