Andreas Schmidt-Colinet

studied in Münster and Cologne, where in 1974 he completed a PhD in Classical Archaeology. Between 1975 and 1980 he was an assistant at Goethe University Frankfurt, and worked in Palmyra between 1980 and 2010. In 1984–1992 he was senior assistant/tutor at the University of Bern, where he wrote his professorial work in Classical Archaeology, ‘The Temple Tomb No. 36. Studies on Palmyrene Tomb Architecture and its Features’. In 1992–1996 he was Guest Professor and Acting Professor in Berlin, Mainz, Warsaw, Paris, Besançon and Neuchâtel. In 1996–2010 he was Professor for Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. His latest monograph is Palmyras Reichtum durch weltweiten Handel [How World Trade Made Palmyra Rich], 2 vols. (ed. with Waleed al-As’ad; Holzhausen 2013).

ANDREAS SCHMIDT-COLINET, Studium in Münster und Köln, dort 1974 Promotion in Klassischer Archäologie. 1975–1980 Assistent an der Universität Frankfurt, 1980–2010 Arbeiten in Palmyra. 1984–1992 Oberassistent/Dozent an der Universität Bern, dort Habilitation für Klassische Archäologie über «Das Tempelgrab Nr. 36. Studien zur palmyrenischen Grabarchitektur und ihrer Ausstattung». 1992–1996 Gastprofessuren und Lehrstuhlvertretungen in Berlin, Mainz, Warschau, Paris, Besançon, Neuchatel. 1996–2010 Professor für Klassische Archäologie an der Universität Wien. Zuletzt erschienen: Palmyras Reichtum durch weltweiten Handel, 2 Bände (hg. gemeinsam mit Waleed al-As’ad; Holzhausen 2013).


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German archaeologist Andreas Schmidt-Colinet worked at Palmyra for thirty years before the civil war in Syria. In an interview with ‘Wespennest’, he criticizes the international reaction to the vandalization of the ruins by IS and argues that the last thing the West should be doing now is reconstructing the site.

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