Since 2013, the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin and the German Archeological Institute (DAI) have hosted a digital archive documenting Syrian heritage and built environment. This project was developed in the face of a war that would destroy places of cultural heritage on a large scale. The archive consists of photos, plans, and documents and includes more than 200,000 items. For long-term storage and attainability they are integrated into the digital world of the DAI. In order to raise awareness and to present the data to a wider audience, selected photos and drawings are bundled into stories on a new website with text in English, Arabic, and German. The project exhibits Syrian cultural heritage in both its tangible and nontangible aspects.
Documentation and Digital Preservation of Syrian Heritage: A German Archive Project for Syria
Karin Pütt studied urbanism, history of art and architecture, and political science at the Universities of Cologne and Aachen. She worked as an architect in archeological excavations and her extensive field research in Syria led to a doctoral thesis on traditional architecture in northeast Syria. She has coordinated the Syrian Heritage Archive Project since its founding in October 2013.
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Karin Pütt; Documentation and Digital Preservation of Syrian Heritage: A German Archive Project for Syria. The Public Historian 1 November 2018; 40 (4): 107–128. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2018.40.4.107
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