Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The return of crews filming the new Star Wars film to the Skellig Michael Unesco World Heritage Site off the Co Kerry coast next month will be hugely (...)

Attack on the Temple Of Bel in Palmyra follows attack on Baal Shamin temple on August 25th. Photograph: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images

Islamic State has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday. The militants targeted (...)

Weekend in . . . Provence
  • Travel
  • August 29, 2015, 01:00

Exploring Provence’s vast, rugged sprawl can be exhilarating – and daunting. From the salt marshes of the Camargue to storybook hilltop villages li(...)

 Ancient architecture in Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Archaeologists have launched a hi-tech initiative to combat the destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East by Islamic State. Scientists at Oxford(...)

For 600 years Skellig Michael  was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A senior University College Cork archaeology lecturer has criticised Government’s “sidelining” of State agencies responsible for the Unesco world heri(...)

 Skellig Michael, off the coast of Co Kerry.	Photograph: Design Pics/Gareth McCormack

An Taisce has asked Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to outline how she is giving consent to the Disney Lucasfilm Star Wars project on the Unesco w(...)

An apparent screenshot from a video published by an Islamic State group  allegedly shows smoke billowing from the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants published photographs yesterday purporting to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra(...)

The temple of Baal Shamin in the historical city of Palmyra, which was destroyed by Islamic State.  Photograph: Reuters/Stringer 0:43

Islamic State militants have razed a fifth-5th century Roman Catholic monastery and blown up one of the best-preserved first-1st century temples in Pa(...)

A file photograph of the Temple of Baalshamin seen through two Corinthian columns in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 0:43

Militants from Islamic State destroyed a temple in the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria, activists and government officials said on Sunday, continuin(...)

Khaled al-Assaad,  the  retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, who was beheaded in a public square on Tuesday by the Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

For decades, he was the bespectacled caretaker of some of Syria’s greatest archaeological treasures. He explored the sprawling ruins in his home town,(...)