Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad dedicated his life to excavating and restoring the historic ruins at his hometown Palmyra. In 2015, he risked his life to save many artifacts removing and hiding them as ISIS approached. After ISIS captured the region, he remained behind to continue efforts to prevent their destruction. ISIS detained and tortured the 82 year-old archaeologist and when he refused to reveal the hiding places of those ancient artifacts, the barbaric, hateful ISIS interrogators beheaded him. Al-Asaad died for his beliefs and trying to preserve priceless and irreplaceable monuments to human history.