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Circular economy
and urban sustainability in Antiquity


2021.03.15 | History and archaeology

10 years of civil war in Syria

On Sunday 14 March, the Danish newspaper Politiken’s PS section focused on the ten-year long conflict in Syria. Professor Rubina Raja, who has conducted research on the ancient oasis city of Palmyra in the Syrian Desert since 2010, was interviewed about her research and the destructions of cultural heritage during the war.

Figure 1: Comparison of the relief around Palmyra, as seen in the 1 arc-second (top) and 7.5 arc-second (bottom) rasters. Note the much higher resolution of the 1 arc-second raster. Datasets courtesy of the US Geological Survey. Location of Palmyra from Hanson 2016.
Figure 2: Areas impassable to WWII British trucks around Palmyra, according to the 1/500000 Levant "Goings" map, 19th Field Survey Company of the Royal Engineers.
Figure 3: Slope-based accumulated cost map, after magnifying the topography.
Figure 4: Final accumulated cost map, incorporating both slope, hard to cross areas and hydrography.
Figure 5: Catchment areas Close (green), Accessible (Yellow), and Far (Red) from Palmyra.

2021.01.18 | History and archaeology

The line in the sand: Establishing catchment areas for Roman Palmyra

By Research Assistant Joan Campmany Jiménez.

2021.01.11 | History and archaeology

Palmyrene Funerary Iconography at the Archaeological Institute of America's Annual Meeting

UrbNet Centre Director Professor Dr. Rubina Raja (Aarhus University) and Professor Maura K. Heyn (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) organised and hosted the session “Unusual Choices in Palmyrene Funerary Iconography” at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Thu 25 Mar
12:30-15:00 | Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
"The most beautiful female portrait I have ever seen" - Palmyrene Funerary Portraiture and Its Significance for the Study of Ancient Portrait Representations
Live-streamed lecture by Rubina Raja at Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. RSVP required (see link in event description).