BAR­BAR­IANS at the gates

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Views of Palmyra be­fore and af­ter the ISIL at­tacks, in 2010 (top) and 2015 (bot­tom) . The albums con­tain­ing pho­tos of Palmyra (left) are now in the pos­ses­sion of the Palace of the Gov­er­nors Photo Ar­chives, hav­ing been trans­ferred from the Lab­o­ra­tory of An­thro­pol­ogy in 1976. We may never be able to com­pletely ex­plain how this his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant archive ar­rived in Santa Fe. What we do know is that it rep­re­sents a lost world.

The photo albums as­sem­bled by the But­ler ex­pe­di­tions (left, cour­tesy Palace of the Gov­er­nors Photo Ar­chives) are key doc­u­ments of Zeno­bia’s van­ished cap­i­tal, seen op­po­site page circa 1910 (cour­tesy Palace of the Gov­er­nors Photo Ar­chives #096004).

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