Italian Experts Complete Restoration of Two Busts Destroyed by ISIS in Syria's Palmyra

Italian experts have completed restoration of the two funerary busts destroyed by ISIS terrorists in the Syrian Palmyra city, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) website.

The website reported Friday that Italian experts in the Higher Institute of Conservation and Restoration in Rome used laser scans, a 3D printer and a mixture of nylon and marble dust to restore the two busts, which date back to the second and third century AD.

One of the two busts shows a noble man wearing a Roman-style toga, while the second one shows a woman with jewels around her neck  and turban on her head.

Piotrovsky announces agreement to reconstruct monuments damaged by terrorism in Syria

The Russian Ministry of Culture is preparing an agreement with Hermitage Museum and other cultural institutes to reconstruct monuments damaged by terrorism in Syria, the director of the Russian Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg Mikhail Piotrovsky says.

Speaking in a press conference held Thursday in Moscow, Piotrovsky asserted that the recovery of antiquities stolen by terrorist organizations is a 'matter of honor'. "Palmyra's antiquities must be restored,"  he said.

UNESCO Team Visited Old City of Aleppo

A team from UNESCO accompanied by experts from the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and UN Regional Directorates have visited the old city of Aleppo to assess the damage caused o the city by the terrorist war imposed on Syria.

According to the official Tishreen newspaper, the UNESCO team which represents the ‘emergency safeguarding of the Syrian cultural heritage project’ have attached great importance to the details of documentation and rehabilitation in the city.

ISIS destroys the façade of the Roman Theatre and Tetrapylon in Palmyra

Homs – Local sources in Tadmur (Palmyra) city in the eastern countryside of Homs said that ISIS terrorist organizations has destroyed the façade of the Roman Theatre and the Tetrapylon in the archeological site of Palmyra, SANA reported.

The sources said that ISIS terrorists planted explosives at the façade of the Theatre and the “Tetrapylon”, a very famous monument constituting of 16 columns, in the main street in the ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Plan to reconstruct damaged monuments in Homs

Directorate of Antiquities in Homs has drawn up a plan for rehabilitating archaeological sites damaged by armed terrorist organizations in the city.

The plan was submitted to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Damascus in order to study it, Director of Antiquities Directorate in Homs Eng. Husam Hamish told Syrian Arab News Agency’s reporter on Tuesday.

Last year, the DGAM carried out several emergency works in some archeological sites in the city of Homs to prevent their collapse.

There are 10.000 archeological sites in Syria, 300 of them have been damaged since the start of the terrorist war on Syria, DGAM's Director-General Maamoun Abdulkarim told the French Le Figaro newspaper last year.

Since 2011, Syria has faced a foreign-backed terror war targeting its army, people, civilization and infrastructures.

Basma Qaddour