Terrorists and US, French, Turkish Forces Continue Looting Syrian Artifacts

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Illegal excavation for antiquities have been escalated in the Syrian areas controlled by the American, French and Turkish forces and their agents from the different terrorist groups having positions in the cities of Manbej, Afrin, Idleb as well as in some places surrounding Raqqa city, according to reports coming up for the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (GDMA).

The GDMA website made it clear that the latest of these reports talk about the US and French forces' carrying out digging and looting activities in Um al-Sarj Mount area which is an archeologically-rich place.

Ancient Bosra al-Sham City Welcomes Its Visitors again Following Years of Hiatus because of Terrorism

DARAA–  The Syrian Exploration and Documentation Society volunteers embarked on a hiking tour to the ancient Bosra al-Sham city in Daraa province which restored its historic splendor and started to receive visitors after years of hiatus, according to SANA.

The tour came within the Society’s “Doroub” (routes) program which aims to spotlight Daraa’s major tourism attraction and archaeological sites passing through Sweida province, SANA said.

Entitled “Houran, Gateway to History”, up to 150 volunteers from different Syrian provinces visited the ancient Roman amphitheater and the Monastery of Bohaira, the Monk where they documented the massive destruction inflicted on these archaeological sites due to the sabotage acts committed by terrorist groups. They raised the Syrian flag on the stone stage of its theater, listed by UNESCO as world heritage site, and chanted the Syrian national anthem.

Mosaic Painting Dating Back to Roman Era Uncovered in Homs Northern Countryside

HOMS-A mosaic painting dating back to the classic period of the Roman era was discovered in a neighborhood in a-Rastan city 20 km to the north of Homs, according to SANA.

Director of Homs Antiquities Department Hussam Hamish told SANA that the department tracked information by competent authorities about the existence of a mosaic painting in one of the houses in al-Qala’a neighborhood in al-Rastan.

The decorations on the painting indicate that it belongs to the classical period of the Roman era with an area of 8 square meters (2 wide and 4 long) of it unearthed so far, he added, indicating that work is continuing to reveal the entire painting.

Over 4,500 Artifacts Stolen by Terrorists from Raqqa Museum: DGAM

DAMASCUS- Terrorists have stolen more than 4,500 artifacts from a museum in the Syrian city of Raqqa, an official at the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) Muhammad Nazeer Awad told Sputnik on Monday.

Awad pointed out that the DGAM had lists of all pieces currently being shown in Syria's museums.

"For example, more than 4,500 showpieces have been stolen from the museum in Raqqa," Awad said, according to Sputnik.

Attempts to Smuggle 14 Artifacts Dating Back to Roman Era Thwarted

DARAA- Directorate of antiquate in Daraa province in cooperation with Daraa police Command thwarted an attempt to smuggle ancient artifacts dating back to the Roman era, from the al-Tabariyat area in the western countryside of the province towards the Jordanian territory, SANA reported.

Speaking to SANA, Head of the Directorate of Daraa’s antiquities, Mohammed Kheirallah said that the directorate seized large and medium basaltic artifacts and a group of copper and small glass bottles of great historical value dating back to the Roman era, in a farm in al-Tabariyat area in Daraa western countryside along the Syrian-Jordanian border.