The #CultureUnderThreat maps provide a foundation for identifying threats to cultural heritage within the broader context of terrorist activity in the Arab League. They are a visual representation of how violent extremist organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have plundered heritage sites.
Mapping threats to cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa make it clear that much of our past, has been under imminent danger of destruction. With priceless artifacts and millennia of history imperiled or lost, teams of heritage experts in the MENA region are working tirelessly to track the scope of the plunder thus far. These maps seek to aid efforts to protect heritage by providing a foundation for identifying #CultureUnderThreat in the broader context of terrorist activity in the region.
Using weekly reports on terror and militant attacks in the MENA region, the Antiquities Coalition has developed these interactive maps locating museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites in areas controlled by terror groups. By examining cultural heritage in the broader spectrum of radical extremist and terrorist influence in the MENA region, we can gain a clear picture of what could strategically be the next potential target.
The #CultureUnderThreat Smart M.App temporally illustrates losses to date with easy to use time and date slide bars showing when incidents took place.
The #CultureUnderThreat Map uses a heat map to illustrate the geographic extent of terror groups control and the heritage sites under threat.