1441-1442 Brian Daniels & Corine Wegener – Preserving Culture in War
War and natural disasters like earthquakes, as destructive as they are, can be a boon for archaeologists centuries later. But the current fighting in Syria and Iraq, in addition to the devastating destruction wreaked on millions of lives, is also threatening the archaeological/cultural/religious resources of the region, which is sometimes called the Cradle of Civilization.
In these two programs we begin a discussion on efforts to try to preserve these resources with Brian Daniels, Director of Research and Programs, Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the Penn Museum. Brian is one of the modern Monuments Men, working with a network of archaeologists and museum professionals in the field of disaster risk management.
UPDATE: In program #1442 Corine Wegener joins the conversation relaying her experiences as an Army Reserve officer and a Smithsonian Institute employee.