The BBC have today announced the return of their Radio 4 documentary The Museum Of Lost Objects, which focuses on artworks and cultural heritage looted or destroyed by the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

In its first season the leading documentary looked at the history of ten objects, including statues, shrines and buildings, that have either been destroyed or looted by ISIS forces since 2013. Episodes focused on the lost heritage of objects and sites, and discussed their shared pre-Islamic history in the context of ISIS’s cultural destruction in the region. The series also touched upon object trafficking, including the illegal trade of Syrian and Iraqi antiques in the west which helps fund Islamic State activities.

The new series promises to look further at some of the objects and sites of cultural importance either destroyed or at risk under ISIS, and will be available online later this year.

You can listen to all 10 episodes of the first season free on the BBC iPlayer.


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