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Thursday March 30th

Yoon Ju Chung


Q&A with archaeology professor Jennifer Gates-Foster

Since ISIS seized control of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria, in May, the nation's cultural heritage has continued to be targeted — most recently with the destruction of the Arch of Triumph. Staff writer Yoon Ju sat down with Jennifer Gates-Foster, a UNC assistant professor of classical archaeology, who said this destruction should be classified as a war crime because it obliterates traces of Syrian history. The Daily Tar Heel: Why is the city of Palmyra and the Arch of Triumph historically important? Jennifer Gates-Foster: Palmyra was a trading hub and a point of contact among a lot of communities that were active in the Roman era.

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