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Ross Burns

Ross Burns is the author of two works on the archaeology and history of Syria. Monuments of Syria was first published in 1992 and has since had a succession of paperback and revised editions including one in French. In 2005, Damascus – A History was published — the only examination at book length in English of this key Arab capital.

Ross was for many years in the Australian Foreign Service and had a number of Middle Eastern assignments. He has also accompanied as lecturer a number of tours to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan for the British travel company, Martin Randall Travel, and for the Melbourne firm, Australians Studying Abroad. He completed a Ph D in urban landscapes in the Roman Near East at Macquarie University in Sydney in 2011.

Articles by Ross Burns (1)

  • With destruction of temple, archaeology becomes Syria's new front line

    Ross Burns' website, Monuments of Syria, chronicles the historic sites damaged in the present conflict. The brutal beheading of Khaled al Asad, former Director of Antiquities in Palmyra, and the detonation of the beautiful little Temple of Baalshamin, built just after the Roman emperor Hadrian visited the desert city in AD 130, appear to have caught the world's imagination in a way that has had few precedents for some time in the savage conflict in Syria.