DGAM briefs IEG on Syrian heritage looted by terrorist organizations

Director-General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria has called on the international community to work to stop looting of the Syrian cultural heritage by the terrorist organizations and to implement the UN resolution No.2199 (2015) that calls for a ban on trade in cultural materials illegally removed from Syria.

Maamoun Abdul Karim, who was speaking in the 13thmeeting of the INTERPOL Expert Group (IEG) on stolen cultural properties, asserted the increment of illegal excavations and artifacts theft by terrorist organizations.

Ports of Ugarit and Forgotten Marine Facilities

Lattakia, (ST- (The splendor and prosperity of the Kingdom of Ugarit, the development in business and remote contacts with countries overseas required the need to marine utilities that meet the services of the stage. The Beida Gulf, which is protected from the southwestern wind and waves suffice but within the intensity of the winds and high waves turn the port into an unsafe place, then there is no choice except the withdrawal of ships to the beach and access to the al -Feid River.

It is not logical that al -Feed River with its small basin and scarce water is the only port of Ugarit to the world of seas and there must be naval facilities through which the ships of Ugarit can depart to the outside world, including the maritime Ibn Hani facility which is called Ras al –Fanar

SHAM completes fieldwork in al-Marqab citadel

The joint Syrian-Hungarian Archeological Mission "SHAM" has completed its 15th fieldwork season in al-Marqab citadel located 5km east of Banyas city in Tartous province, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museum.

The DGAM said that the mission focused this season on the archeological and architectural documentation and drawing up development plans for the rehabilitation of the citadel and its surrounding.

"The 15th season, which started by the beginning of this month, comes within a project the DGAM  and the Pazmany Peter Catholic University of Hungary agreed on," one of the heads of the mission's team Edmonal-Ajjitold the official news agency (SANA).

DGAM assesses scale of damage in Salah Ed-din citadel

On February 10th, 2016, a team of the DGAM office in Lattakia visited Salah Ed-din citadel [Qalaat Salah Ed-din] in Lattakia countryside to assess the scale of damage wrought by the clashes occurred there over the past months.

Fire debris was found in the rooms of the Ayyoub block and in the reception center, which was looted, according to the Directorate-General of the Antiquities and Museums.

There were also wild plants all over the citadel, while the structure of the citadel stayed intact.

Detection of Mosaic Tableau in Shahba

SWEIDA (ST) - The Head of the Department of Sweida Antiquities confirmed that a team of specialists in the department recently revealed for a mosaic tableau in the old town of Shaba. The tableau was found by a citizen in the land of his house and informed the authorities of its existence.

The head of the department, Hussein Zeineddin, said that the dimensions of the paintingrange between 3 and 4 meters. It backs to the Roman era in the mid-third century AD.

“The parts that have been detected from the painting represent drawings of a peacock surrounded by a number of geometric flora and fauna, pointing out those parts of mosaic drawings were found in the same area at the beginning of the sixties of the last century.