DGAM calls on Turkey and Jordan to separate archaeology from politics

Director-General of the DGAM has called on Turkey and Jordan to separate archaeology file from politics as it is a humanitarian file representing civilization.

Maamoun Abdul Karim's call was made after he affirmed the aggravation of the phenomena of forging the Syrian artefacts, especially mosaics in the northern and eastern regions in Syria.  

He told the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper that there are a lot of fake Palmyra statues and most of the forgers are Syrians communicating with Arab and foreign networks via neighboring countries, such as Turkey and Jordan.

"A huge number of gangs are active in Apamea city in Hama countryside," Abdul Karim said, adding that this poses a threat to the city's archaeological sites. 

Terrorist organizations loot archeological sites in Quneitra

Foreign-backed terrorist organizations and antiquities smugglers have continued to loot archeological sites in the southern countryside of Quneitra province, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).

The DGAM's Director-General Maamoun Abdul Karim was quoted on the official news agency (SANA) as saying that locals and workers in Antiques Department in Quneitra had asserted that terrorist organizations and Antiquities smugglers carried out secret excavations in al-Rafid town, which is rich with historical churches, khans and tombs dating back to the Byzantine and Islamic eras.

French experts to contribute to documenting Syrian heritage

Two French experts from the 'Econom' Company specialized in documenting archeological heritage by modern technics have arrived in Damascus to offer support in documenting the Syrian heritage during the crisis.

The experts – Eve Obelman and Olivier Biurjois- will train a cadre for a year on how to convert photos from3D into 2D model by using Photo Scan program to form a national team to document archeological sites that have been damaged by terror attacks, according to the Tishreen newspaper.

The paper quoted sources in the Directorate-General of Antiques and Museums (DGAM) as saying that the cadre used the program in documenting artifacts and buildings in several areas in provinces of Damascus, Lattakia and Tartous.

ISIS uses savvy experts to execute looted antiquities marketing programs


It has been documented that ISIS [Daesh], and Jabhat a-Nusra [al-Nusra Front] use WhatsApp and Skype (Parkinson, Albayrak, & Mavin, 2015), and some terrorists are using smartphones (Sogue, 2014) as well as employing social-media savvy experts around the world, often teenagers, to design and execute looted antiquities marketing programs.

The financial incentives to looting are very powerful such that to date the international community’s existing methods of prevention are largely ineffective, the US Professor Frankiln Lamb said in a report- obtained by the Syriatimes e-newspaper- on confronting 'looting to Order' and 'cultural racketeering' in Syria.

Material damage at the entrance of Aleppo citadel after terrorists blew up a tunnel

Aleppo - The gate of Aleppo historical citadel which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site suffered great material damage when terrorists detonated a tunnel near the citadel which is located in the midst of Aleppo city.

In the framework of the continued series of crimes that target archeological sites, terrorists blew up a tunnel which they dug earlier in the western side of the citadel, causing material damage to the entrance, SANA reported.