International experts held meeting on safeguarding of Syria's cultural heritage

The participants in the international experts' meeting held in Berlin have underscored the necessity of preserving Syria's cultural heritage, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus.

The DGAM said in statement released Monday that  the participants called for mobilizing international and Syrian efforts to safeguard Syria's heritage and indicated the need to develop a common damage assessment and to define priorities in emergency safeguarding measures for the sites affected by the war.

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.