Protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict

In 2015, the Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by IS. Unfortunately, this event does not stand on its own. Cultural heritage is facing many threats nowadays. The world has recently witnessed deplorable acts of deliberate destruction of important...

Sada Mire gives the Leiden ASA Annual Lecture

The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of the African Past The Leiden African Studies Assembly (LeidenASA) held its second Annual Meeting on Thursday 8 December. Leiden University has some 120 scholars who work on Africa-related research and...

Mogadishu – Heritage and Preservation

Dr Sada Mire is currently the only active archaeologist working in Somalia today. After decades of colonialism, civil conflict and poverty, significant sites of importance in Somalia, both architectural and cultural, have been left to ruin. With her local team, Mire...