Syria's "Monuments Men" Are Trying to Save History Amidst ISIS ChaosKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan9/03/14 3:29pm46EditPromoteGo to permalinkRoman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes, and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world—and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it.