We're wiping out history.
A TYNESIDE expert has warned major parts of human history could be wiped out unless steps are taken to protect heritage sites in war zones.
Peter Stone, professor of heritage studies at Newcastle University, voiced his concerns ahead of the opening of an exhibition he has organised to draw attention to the destruction of archaeological sites in Iraq.
The display, called Catastrophe Catastrophe, from the Greek Καταστροφή (katastrephein), literally means "to turn" (strephein) "downwards" (kata-). : The looting and destruction of Iraq's past, is being shown for the first time at Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery from Saturday.
The exhibition will then tour the UK and Europe.
Prof Stone says focusing attention on the destruction of cultural heritage is of particular relevance at this time, as a Draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill is currently before Parliament.
He said: "Archaeological sites around the world are under threat from looters who feed the illicit Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as an illicit trade; illicit intercourse.
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2. art market. It is critical that Parliament passes the Bill as it will enable the UK to sign Unesco's 1954 Hague Convention The longtime status of Netherlands as a largely neutral nation in international conflicts and the corresponding ascendance of The Hague as a primary location for diplomatic and international conferences has led to several negotiated conventions over the years being termed the for the Protection of Cultural Property.
"The convention requires countries to take cultural heritage into account when they are planning for military campaigns, perhaps either by training archaeologists Archaeology is a discipline that was virtually unknown until the 19th century. Archaeology, originally an amateur pastime, is becoming increasingly popular, and it is now possible for archaeologists to become minor celebrities as a result of media exposure. to serve with the military, or by training military personnel to be aware of cultural heritage."
Prof Stone will be at the Hatton Gallery between 7pm and 8pm on Saturday to answer questions.
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