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Smithsonian CULTURAL RESCUE INITIATIVE

A short-term exhibit made of ten information panels was recently displayed in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda, in Washington, D.C., from October 26-30, 2015. It was also installed and displayed in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer, in Washington, D.C., on November 5, 2015. Entitled, "Death of History: Witnessing Heritage Destruction in Syria and Iraq," this small but crucial exhibition presented current data regarding the threatened and destroyed cultural heritage within Iraq and Syria, as well as the efforts undertaken by the Smithsonian Institution and its partner organizations to protect it. The exhibit was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.


Download a PDF of the exhibit panels.

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Digitization on Display

As part of the Smithsonian’s broader efforts to digitize its collection, the limestone funerary bust of Haliphat, from the collections of the Freer|Sackler, was 3D scanned in early 2015.  Use the plugin below to take a tour of the freshly released scan of Haliphat and discover more about the history of Palmyra.

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