Adnan Almohamad

Adnan Almohamad: A Syrian archaeologist and researcher, graduated from Damascus University and then obtained a master’s degree in Archaeology in the Ancient Near East and Egypt from Charles de Gaulle University – France in 2008.

From 2009 to 2014, he lectured on ancient ceramics in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aleppo and worked in the Department of Excavation and Archaeological Studies in the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in Aleppo, In addition, to be an assistant to the curator of the Ancient Syrian Antiquities Museum at the Aleppo National Museum and an assistant director of the Center for the Protection of Archaeological Assemblies in Aleppo Governorate registered on UNESCO World Heritage List.

He is now an honorary research fellow at several international universities including the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London, Department of Archaeology at Durham University, and CARA Academic Program (Syria). In addition to being a participant in the Project Rewriting Global Archaeology: Dialogues on Archaeology in the Countries of the South. Consultant in the Dura-Europos Digital Archive project, Yale University, USA.

His research interests focus on northwest Syria, on issues of cultural heritage destruction and preservation. his current work focuses on documenting the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in northwest Syria and the relationship of local communities in Syria to their cultural heritage before and during the war.

 Previous publications

  • Results of excavations in the Roman tombs in Sirrin, northeast of Aleppo 2010
  • Results of excavations in Bronze Age burials in the village of Al-Eis in the southern countryside of Aleppo. 2012
  • Destruction and looting of cultural heritage sites by ISIS in Syria, the case of Manbij and its countryside. 2021
  • The impact of legal factors on the local response regarding the protection of antiquities during the conflict in northwest Syria 2021.

under publication

  • Damage to archaeological sites during the Syrian conflict in a regional context: the northern and eastern Aleppo countryside
  • The destruction of cultural heritage in Syria, the case of the Shash Hamdan cemetery in the upper Euphrates between 1995 – 2020.
  • Explore the reasons for the divergent responses of the local community to preserve archaeological sites during the conflict in northwest Syria
  • Syrian Cultural Heritage during the Conflict: From Destruction to Reconstruction and Its Impact on Cultural Identity, Old Aleppo as a Case Study.
  • The impact of ISIS on the intangible cultural heritage: customs and rituals of marriage in the Manbij region