80% of Daraa archaeological sites systematically damaged by terrorists

Head of Antiquities Directorate in the southern Daraa province has asserted that 80% of archaeological sites  in the province has been systematically damaged and looted during the years of war on Syria.

Speaking to the Syrian Arab News agency (SANA), Dr. Mohammad al-Nasrallah made it clear that archaeological hills in al-Ash'ari, Em Horan, Ashtara, al-Jabeyeh and Shehab areas were damaged.

Damascus Hosts Workshop on "Reconstruction and Revival of Historical Cities After Crises"

"Reconstruction and Revival of Historical Cities After Crises" is the banner of a workshop kicked off Tuesday by Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Damascus.

The two-day workshop aims to exchange experiences in order to describe the current situation of monuments in Syria and to draw up a plan for reconstruction after crises, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency quoted Director of Museums Affairs in the DGAM Nazir Awad as saying that several workshops and activities were held by the DGAM within the framework of the Syrian heritage management during the crisis.

Farzat: Terrorists Obliterated History of Ancient Apamea Site for Material Gains

The ancient Apamea site [also known as Afamia] in Hama province has been looted and vandalized by terrorist organizations, who have used heavy machines that obliterated the history of this site, Director of Hama Antiquities Directorate says.

Abdul Qader Farzat told the state-run 'Tishreen' newspaper [in Arabic] that Apamea site was subject to barbaric and overt digging day and night by terrorists, who carried out excavation works by heavy machines to achieve material gains from artifacts smuggled by them from the site.

4th Century AD Mosaic Plaque Found in Wadi Barada Region

DAMASCUS, (ST) - The National Archaeological Mission in Wadi Barada at al - Zabadani region found a mosaic plate of about 50 meters in size dates back to the 4th century AD.

The painting formed the floor of a large hall with a wide door composed of a wide entrance in the middle and two narrower side entrances. The painting includes artistic scenes and geometric, vegetal and symbolic motifs that were implemented with small pieces of stone with various colors and high-level technique. The painting indicates that the decoration dates back to the end of the Roman period and the beginning of the Byzantine era and refers to the rich of thisarchaeological site in architecture including palaces, temples, monasteries, churches and others.

Mosaic Dating Back to 4th Century Uncovered in Barhilia Town in Damascus Countryside

DAMASCUS– The national archeology expedition operating in Barada valley in al-Zabadani area in Damascus Countryside uncovered a floor mural dating back to the 4th century AD.

The mosaic, which has an area of around 50 meters, was found in Barhilia town, and makes up the floor of a hall with a wide entrance and two narrow entrances, according to SANA.