Human conflict has been responsible for more destruction than almost any other force imaginable, and certainly as we have come to dominate our little planet we have been destroyers as much as we have been builders. However often it is only the human cost that is counted in our myriad conflicts.
Much more can also be lost however. Whether though callous destruction, carelessness or simple vandalism, much of our irreplaceable cultural heritage has been lost. Some of these sites have been lost for centuries, but others were obliterated within the last few years.
Here are seven archaeological sites of immense value which have been recently destroyed.
1. The Temple of Bel at Palmyra, Syria
2. The Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria
3. Bamiyan Buddhas of Afghanistan
4. Tombs of the Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu, Mali
5. The Gates of Nineveh, Iraq
6. National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina
7. Ain Dara, Syria
Top Image: The Ain Dara lion, stolen in December 2019. Source: Verity Cridland / CC BY 2.0.
By Joseph Green