August 13, 2014
Saving the Middle East's Past With Twitter and Other Online Tools
Archaeologists use Facebook and YouTube, too, to document the destruction and raise awareness
Karsten Moran/The New York Times
In 2011, after three decades of working in Syria, the archaeologist Glenn M. Schwartz was unable to return to his dig at the Bronze Age city of Umm el-Marra. The growing civil war had made work in the country impossible.
Like many archaeologists of the Middle East, Mr. Schwartz, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, is watching the news from the region with deep concern and, he says, a feeling of impotence. "It’s heartbreaking to see what’s happened in Syria