Training course on restoration of damaged heritage in Syria

Fourteen trainees from several Syrian cities have completed a training course recently held in Homs by the DGAM and the Sharjah-based SAWA Consulting Firm [which works on cultural projects in flashpoint areas].

The 6-day course zeroed in on concepts of reconstruction and restoration of the damaged heritage in order to enable the participants to deal with the damaged historical monuments in Syria and to provide them with skills of restoration based on international standards.

The French archaeologist and architect Jacques Seigne Emeritus in cooperation with Director of Restoration Department Eng. Aiman Hamoukandand Director of Historical Monuments Mr. Nazir Awad conducted the course's program, according to the website of the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums.

99% of Syrian museums' collections in safe areas- DGAM

The Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums has transported collections of artifacts from most of the museums in Syria to protect them from terrorist organizations' looting and vandalism, the Director of Museums' Affairs at the DGAM, Dr. Ahmad Deib confirms.

 Deib clarified that 99% of the museums' collections are in safe areas, while the museums of Raqqa and Deir Ateyeh have been destroyed and looted by terrorist organizations.

UNESCO: Palmyra Archeological Site Retains Large Part of Its Integrity and Authenticity

PARIS- Despite the destruction of several iconic edifices, the archaeological site of Palmyra retains a large part of its integrity and authenticity,  UNESCO’s experts said after their return from a technical rapid assessment mission to the historical Syrian city of Palmyra yesterday, noting that UNESCO will work with its partners to adopt emergency safeguarding measures, according to UNESCO Website.

The experts presented their preliminary findings regarding damages to the Syrian Arab Republic World Heritage site.

Hypogeum of the Three Brothers in Palmyra 'in good shape'- DGAM

Director General of the DGAM has affirmed that the hypogeum of the Three Brothers, which dates back to 160 AD,in Palmyra stayed intact.

Maamoun Abdul Karim was quoted on the official news agency (SANA) as saying that he and 30 archaeologists toured ancient sites in Palmyra and saw that the hypogeum [underground chamber- cemetery ] of the three brothers,  was in good shape.

DGAM draws up plan to rehabilitate Palmyra citadel

The DGAM's Director General Maamoun Abdul Karim has declared that the photos received after the Syrian army restored peace and stability to the 16th-centuary Palmyra citadel show that the main structure of the citadel stayed intact.

He added that there are damages inside the Palmyra citadel [also known as the Arabian citadel and the Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani castle]resulted from ISIS destructive acts." The Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums has a well-qualified cadres to rehabilitate the citadel."