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Ancient Palmyrenes, the first to issue a document for tax system in the world

The history of Palmyra is closely linked to the development of the silk road in this region and to the city’s strategic position between the major powers of the early middle ages.

As such, the city was well-served to become an important center of trading for those merchants who chose to cross this desert rather than take the longer route around it.

 People of ancient city of Palmyra benefited from the location of their city on the Silk Road for international trade and for contact with neighboring civilizations.

They were able to reach advanced civilizational levels due to the strategic position of Palmyra, which made it mainly dependent on trade, transport and exchange of goods.

Czech magazine: Bosra is one of the most beautiful and important historical monuments in the world

A Czech magazine described, in a photo report, the monuments of the city of Bosra as one of the "rare historical monuments that are located in Syria and as one of the most beautiful and important ones in the world".

"The first reference to the city of Bosra was mentioned in a clay tablet dating back to the Egyptian Pharaohs in the fourteenth century BC. Bosra was the capital of the Roman area of Arabia Petraria", the magazine said in its report. 

The town of Shaqqa in Sweida, archaeological monuments that witness ancient civilizations

Sweida, (ST) - Several archaeological monuments in the town of Shaqqa in the north-eastern countryside of Sweida are a living witness to ancient civilizations that have passed down the region and have given it a distinctive character.
The head of the Department of Antiquities, Dr. Nashaat Kiwan said that the town is 27 km from the center of the province. It is one of the most important archaeological areas in the province where it assumed a special position during the second and third centuries AD. The Romans named it after Emperor Maximianus and then its name became Maximiano Bolis. It became a city at the time which had a very important position in later centuries.

Authorities in Plamyra Found Palmyrene funerary bust previously looted by ISIS terrorists

PALMYRA, (ST)- Authorities in the Syrian city of Palmyra in Homs countryside have found a Palmyrene funerary bust that was looted by ISIS terrorists from one of the cemeteries of Palmyra and left behind by them when they were driven out of the area by a major military operation by the Syrian Arab army.

According to the Secretary of Palmyra National Museum Khalil al-Hariri, the funerary bust, which dates back to the 12th century AD, is perfectly made of hard limestone. It is a bust of a man who wears the ancient Palmyrene clothing. He has a beard, a mustache and a straight nose and he holds a key in his left hand while his right hand is put on his chest, al-Hariri said.

Many artifacts looted by ISIS from Syria and Iraq are stored to be sold later at auction houses

PARIS, (ST)-Gilles de Kerchove, the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at the European Union, has unveiled that huge amount of antiquities looted by terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq are currently stored in preparation for selling them later.

According to France Press, De Kerchove said in a press conference on Friday that he is confident that many of the antiquities, looted when Daesh terrorist organization was controlling several  areas in Syria and Iraqi, are still stored in the vicinity of the two countries awaiting a decline in international interest in this issue so that looters and smugglers can introduce these art pieces in markets and at auction houses within six to seven years.