Reports from a number of sources indicate that 82 year old archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad has been beheaded by Islamic State for refusing to reveal the location of hidden artefacts from the site of Palmyra. The Syrian archaeologist had devoted much of his life to this site

It is a sad thing for a life to be lost in such tragic circumstances defending the shared cultural heritage many of us love, all of us at History Bytes send our condolences to his family and colleagues.

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