Photos of Damaged Archaeological Sites in Syria to be Shown in Prague

Director of National Museum in Prague Dr. Michal Lukeš  has described Syria as 'a store of treasures containing antiquities dating back to different historic periods'.

He told Czech Tyden magazine that there are thousands of archaeological sites in Syria and the first alphabet was discovered there.

"During my visit to Syria last month, I agreed with archaeologists in the country to transfer some damaged antiquities to Prague in order to rehabilitate them under the supervision of the Syrian archaeologists, who will be briefed on the modern ways of rehabilitation," Dr. Lukeš added.

Syrian Students Participate in Excavation Mission in Hungary

Three Syrian post graduate students in Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary have participated in excavation works to discover a historic church in Balaton Samash site, located south-west of Budapest.

This participation will provide them with good experience to take part in rehabilitation of historic site damaged during the ongoing war on Syria, according to head of the excavation mission in Hungary.

Aga Khan Museum in Canada hosts exhibition entitled ‘Syria is a Live History’


Director-General of Antiquities and Museums Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim has given a lecture about Syrian heritage during the opening ceremony of an exhibition opened on October 15th in Toronto in Canada under the title “Syria is a Live History”.

He focused on the Syria heritage damaged during the foreign-backed terror war being waged on Syria and the measures adopted by the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) to protect historic sites in cooperation with civil community.

His lecture entitled ‘Heritage and Conflict…Syria’s battle to defend its past’ underscored the importance of international cooperation with the DGAM to save the Syrian heritage, which reflects Syrians’ identity and memory, according to the DGAM website.

DGAM participates in activities in Rome and Brussels

Since the beginning of this month, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums participated in an exhibition and workshop held in Rome and Brussels, according to the DGAM website.

The exhibition was held in Rome in Italy on October 6th under the title ‘Rising from the Destruction’. It was organized by the Association of Civilizations Meeting represented by Senator Francesco Rutelli in cooperation with Professor Paolo Matthiae.

The Italian President Sergio Mattarella opened the exhibition and he was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Culture Minister and archaeologists. 

The Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri gave a speech after the opening ceremony and he talked about the importance of the exhibition being held during the current circumstance Syria and Iraq are going through.

Training Course on Risk Management of Cultural Heritage during Crises

A training course on risk management of cultural heritage in times of crises began Tuesday in Sharjah city in the United Arab of Emirates with the participation of a Syrian delegation from the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM). The course is due to continue for 23 days.

According to DGAM, the course focuses on the risk management before, during and after crises and first aid intervention strategy as well as linking risk management with the heritage management policies.