Ross Burns

Dr Ross Burns

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2013


Ross Burns was a career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs for 37 years until his retirement in 2003. In that time he had a range of overseas postings particularly in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He was Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon (based in Damascus) from 198487. He was subsequently Ambassador to South Africa (199295), Greece (19982001) and Israel (200103). Dr Burns is also a scholar of international repute on the history and archaeology of Greco-Roman and Early Islamic Syria. His first book, Monuments of Syria: A Historical Guide (1992), now in its third edition (2009), is considered the best guide for scholars and travellers alike, and is ranked as one of the best guides ever written for any country in the Levant.

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