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.

The village of Era in Sweida is an archaeological monument

The village of 'Era', located to the south-west of the city of al- Sweida, is characterized by its beautiful and diverse nature, which combines hills, valleys, plains, springs, historical monuments and houses built of basalt stones that tell the story of civilizations which the village passed through as well as the ancient history of the region.

Dr. Nashaat Kiwan, Head of the Department of Antiquities, pointed out that “Era” is an old region, where it witnessed during the previous ages civilizational prosperity due to  its important position as it was the link between Bosra and Sweida.

ICCROM honors the Syrian archaeologist martyr Khalid Asaad in Rome

The General Assembly of the International Center for the Study of the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) honored the martyr archaeologist Dr. Khaled Al-Asa’ad, who was executed by the Daesh terrorist organization in Palmyra in August 2015.

During its thirty-first session held in Rome, ICCROM said  that Dr. Al-Asaad spent more than 50 years protecting his noble Syrian antiquities and working on the Palmyra archaeological site before he was brutally assassinated by Daesh  terrorists.