Antiquities and Museums Directorate Warns of Dangers of Turkey’s Attacks on Archaeological Sites in Afrin

DAMASCUS- The Antiquities and Museums Directorate has warned of dangers of the Turkish attacks that targeted archaeological sites in Afrin region in northern Syria.

Director General for Antiquities and Museums, Mahmoud Hammoud, on Monday warned of the dangers of the Turkish aggression on Afrin which is one of the Syrian richest areas in artifacts and monuments, SANA reported.

 “Mount Semaan includes three archaeological reserves listed on UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s list and all are in danger because they are near to Afrin area,” Hammoud said, stressing that “the Turkish regime’s destruction of the Ain Dara Temple was a barbaric act, and a completion of the plan led by this regime to destroy the Syrian cultural heritage.”

Czech Earmarks $1,8 mln for Supporting Archeological Sector in Syria

PRAGUE, (ST)-Director General of the Czech National Museum Michal Lukeš has announced that 40 million Koruna ($1,8 million) was earmarked for supporting the archeological sector in Syria until 2019.

 The cash is part of a total of 195 million Koruna agreed on by the Czech government last year as a Czech assistance to Syria for humanitarian and development purposes.

In a statement on Saturday, Lukeš said that within the framework of an agreement signed with the General Directorate of Syrian Antiquities and Museums on cooperation in the area of protecting and renovating Syrian antiquities, the Czech museum will send antiquities preservatives to help protect archeological pieces.

Antiquities Department Condemns Destruction of Deir Sunbul Archeological Site in Idleb by Terrorists

DAMASCUS- General Directorate for Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) condemned the destruction of Deir Sunbul site in the province of Idleb by the terrorist organizations.

Deir Sunbul is an archeological site located in Barisha Mount which dates back between the 2nd and the 6th century.

In a statement published on its website on Wednesday, the DGAM said that the terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra have destroyed Deir Sunbul which was preceded by the destruction of many monasteries, churches and archaeological buildings in the forgotten famous cities in the province of Idleb that belong to the Roman and Byzantine eras and some of them are registered on the world heritage list.

80% of Daraa archaeological sites systematically damaged by terrorists

Head of Antiquities Directorate in the southern Daraa province has asserted that 80% of archaeological sites  in the province has been systematically damaged and looted during the years of war on Syria.

Speaking to the Syrian Arab News agency (SANA), Dr. Mohammad al-Nasrallah made it clear that archaeological hills in al-Ash'ari, Em Horan, Ashtara, al-Jabeyeh and Shehab areas were damaged.

Damascus Hosts Workshop on "Reconstruction and Revival of Historical Cities After Crises"

"Reconstruction and Revival of Historical Cities After Crises" is the banner of a workshop kicked off Tuesday by Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Damascus.

The two-day workshop aims to exchange experiences in order to describe the current situation of monuments in Syria and to draw up a plan for reconstruction after crises, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency quoted Director of Museums Affairs in the DGAM Nazir Awad as saying that several workshops and activities were held by the DGAM within the framework of the Syrian heritage management during the crisis.