The importance of protecting historical heritage in the Middle East

The importance of protecting historical heritage in the Middle East

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Not too long ago we had the opportunity to echo a news item where it was revealed that a person had bought, presumably and legally, some tablets with very old inscriptions. They were not one or two but it was more than a hundred tablets and the buyer assures that he acquired them legally.

Now gaps are beginning to appear on how to get them since there are many, more and more, the relics that are leaving Iraq illegally, with the consequent historical loss of the country.

That person ceded all the tablets to the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, making it clear that he acquired them a long time ago, before the looting began, something that a former history professor has refuted especially because he is very familiar with these objects.

Various experts They assure that the 110 tablets that are written in cuneiform script are one of the great evidences of the biblical exile what the Jews passed through in what is now southern Iraq, which provides a different view of the formation of Judaism.

According to various scholars, These tablets tell something more current and darker, the story of the chaos between Iraq and Syria, which has led to a wave of robberies and looting of objects and historical relics everywhere, destroying a good part of the archaeological heritage of both countries and possibly with historical evidence of great value for scholars.

All of these things have made America's top museums commit solely to exhibit works with clear legal documentation and not exhibit any of the unproven artifacts that have appeared in recent decades. This is part of an attempt to curb the antiques trade.

For her part, the director of the Biblical Lands Museum in Jerusalem, Amanda weiss, I declare that they are not interested in displaying anything that has been dubiously acquired, «we need to know where each piece that reaches us came from. For our part, we will do everything possible to protect these parts and try to end, within our possibilities, with this serious problem.«, He expressed.

This problem is intensifying especially now in the Middle East, an area of ​​the world with great instability, something that looters and unscrupulous people are taking advantage of and destroying part of history in exchange for a few hundred or thousands of dollars.

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