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for the public. The last satellite image of the temple was taken on August 27, 2015. Within days the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) confirmed the fears of those who had been monitoring the situation closely: the Temple of Bel was gone. Tactics like these are by no means new, and the scars of cultural violence are visible across landscapes, cultural identities, and history. Though the media and motivations differ significantly through time and across geography, if we limit our gaze only to Western Asia and North Africa, instances of cultural heritage destruction are numerous, and their impact staggering. Before Syria and Iraq, there was the Cairo Museum. The Baghdad Museum. The Bamiyan Buddhas. The intangible heritage and physical spaces of Ottoman Armenians. The Maarib Dam. Jerusalem. Babylon. These are poignant reminders that although archaeologists often study the past, the research that they perform is innately contemporary. For few fields is this more true than in cultural heritage protection, destruction, and preservation. In community archaeology, a methodology employed by scholars like UC Berkeley faculty Lisa Maher and Benjamin Porter, archaeologists actively solicit and incorporate the experiences, expertise, and identities of local and/or descendant communities in which research is performed. For Beyond Destruction, the CMES collaborated with colleagues in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology, as well as the Hearst and Bade museums, to expand traditional definitions of archeology to encompass other disciplines, as

CMES Chair Emily Gottreich introducing keynote speaker Prof. Patty Gerstenblith of Northwestern University

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CMES Newsletter - Spring 2016  

CMES Newsletter - Spring 2016