Turkish Aggression Destroys Archeological sites in the Northeast of Syria: DGAM

DAMASCUS, (ST)-  The archeological sites and hills in the northeast of Syria, mainly in Qamishli and Tal Abyad areas, are being exposed to a huge destruction because of the Turkish aggression on these areas.

These important archeological hills, which date back to thousands of years, have witnessed major archeological discoveries over the past decades by tens of foreign archeological missions that worked in Syria before the war, Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud , the Director-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), said in a statement to SANA on Thursday.

Hammoud, added that the Turkish aggression has caused damage to several archeological sites, including Halas and al-Fakheriya hills in Ras al-Ayn area and al-Sadd al-Abyad hill which date back to the modern stone age and which had been home to several consecutive civilizations.

Ugarit, the cradle of civilization, holds its first tourism festival

"Syria is a wonderful country. It enjoys a charming nature, a deep-rooted civilization and archaeological sites. I am thrilled  to attend a cultural and tourism festival in Syria because  festivals celebrate a country's glorious heritage and culture” Pierre Stevenson , a tourist from Norway said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sideline of Ugarit First Tourism Festival recently held in the historic city of Ugarit in Ra’as Shamra area in Lattakia countryside.

An ancient mosaic painting returns to the National Museum in Damascus

On October 7, Syrian expatriate Mohammed Waseem al-Ramli returned a Syrian mosaic painting from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada to the National Museum in Damascus. The mosaic painting was smuggled to Canada at the end of 20th century.

The painting, which consists of two parts, formed the floor of a church of convent dating back to the late 5th century/early 6th century AD, measuring a total of 347 by 273.5 centimeters.

The mosaic depicts animals, decorations, and vases. It is made from limestone. It was most likely unearthed in the northwest of Syria between Idleb and Hama.

1974- the first national museum in Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Jazira, Eastern region OF Syria, has some of the most important archaeological centers in Syria and in the East in general. Archaeologists attribute the agricultural revolution in its primary form to this region and the regions surrounding it, since 12000 years. On its land several old human concentrations created what is known as the precivilized world and the development of the city- kingdom systems. The region incubated, also, places that witnessed the dawn of human civilizations (the 7th millennium BC) in addition to other evidence of Assyrian, Babylonian, Roman and Islamic kingdoms-cities. In the ages of modern history the Syrian Jazira witnessed vivid activity. During the Roman rule it was an important station of trade between the Roman Empire and India.

Russian Hermitage to Sign Agreement with Syrian Government to Restore Palmyra’s Museum

The Russian Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Syrian government are planning to sign an agreement in November on restoring the museum of the ancient city of Palmyra and on training Syrian restoration artists according to the Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky.

"Currently, the text [of the document] is being agreed. Our proposition is to take part in restoring the Palmyra museum because it need to be restored, the museum means jobs, it attracts tourists and so on," Piotrovsky told TASS news agency.