Ayham Al-Fakhry



Archaeologist; centre archéologique de Bibracte, DGAM (the last director of Raqqa museum, before being seized by IS)

Ayham al-Fakhry is a Syrian archaeologist. Originating from Raqqa, he studied archeology at the University of Damascus where he graduated in 2004. His passion for archaeology led him to work in a very special, demanding environment. In 2013, the General Directorate of Museums (DGAM) appointed him director of antiquities in Raqqa.

As the last curator of the archaeological museum of Raqqa before IS took over the city, al-Fakhry made inventories of threatened collections and tried to hide artifacts at secret safe havens. Subsequently, he participated in projects to protect and track the looted artifacts from Raqqa and Syria. He has been vice president of the National Museum of Damascus and vice-president of Archeological Affairs in Syria. Al-Fakhry now lives in Strasbourg, France, working on follow up project to protect the Syrian cultural heritage.