Museum of Lost Objects
It is severely understating the case to say that Iraq and Syria have not had an easy time of late. Among the uncountable, far-ranging costs of the civil and military conflicts still ravaging both countries are the stories of 10 ancient sites and objects, profiled in this BBC series. Preserved over long, precarious centuries, each one represents a sliver of history - and each has been looted or destroyed in the chaos, never, in all likelihood, to be seen again. These losses are set amid the larger context of the region's history, and are reflected in the pain and courage of the people who loved these objects most: we hear, for example, from the daughter of Khaled al-Asaad, Director of Antiquities at Palmyra, who was beheaded by ISIS when he refused to lead them to the city's hidden treasures.
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Gateway episodes: Palmyra: Temple of Bel (29 Feb 2016) / Minaret of the Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo (29 Feb 2016) / Looted Sumerian Seal, Baghdad (7 Mar 2016)