SHAM completes fieldwork in al-Marqab citadel

The joint Syrian-Hungarian Archeological Mission "SHAM" has completed its 15th fieldwork season in al-Marqab citadel located 5km east of Banyas city in Tartous province, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museum.

The DGAM said that the mission focused this season on the archeological and architectural documentation and drawing up development plans for the rehabilitation of the citadel and its surrounding.

"The 15th season, which started by the beginning of this month, comes within a project the DGAM  and the Pazmany Peter Catholic University of Hungary agreed on," one of the heads of the mission's team Edmonal-Ajjitold the official news agency (SANA).

DGAM assesses scale of damage in Salah Ed-din citadel

On February 10th, 2016, a team of the DGAM office in Lattakia visited Salah Ed-din citadel [Qalaat Salah Ed-din] in Lattakia countryside to assess the scale of damage wrought by the clashes occurred there over the past months.

Fire debris was found in the rooms of the Ayyoub block and in the reception center, which was looted, according to the Directorate-General of the Antiquities and Museums.

There were also wild plants all over the citadel, while the structure of the citadel stayed intact.

Detection of Mosaic Tableau in Shahba

SWEIDA (ST) - The Head of the Department of Sweida Antiquities confirmed that a team of specialists in the department recently revealed for a mosaic tableau in the old town of Shaba. The tableau was found by a citizen in the land of his house and informed the authorities of its existence.

The head of the department, Hussein Zeineddin, said that the dimensions of the paintingrange between 3 and 4 meters. It backs to the Roman era in the mid-third century AD.

“The parts that have been detected from the painting represent drawings of a peacock surrounded by a number of geometric flora and fauna, pointing out those parts of mosaic drawings were found in the same area at the beginning of the sixties of the last century.

Culture Minister visits historic citadels in Homs and Lattakia

Culture Minister Isam Khalil accompanied by the Director General of the DGAM visited al-Hosn citadel in Homs province and Salaheddin citadel in Lattakia province over the past two days.

They were briefed on the current situation in the two historical sites that had sustained repeated attacks by terrorist groups before the Syrian army restored stability and peace to them, according to the Directorate-General of the Antiquities and Museums website. 

In this context, the official news agency (SANA) reported that Culture Minister underlined the need to complete the rehabilitation of al-Hosn Citadel and the surrounding area as soon as possible to reactivate cultural activities there.

Recent photos show damages on outskirts of Aleppo citadel

The DGAM website published Monday photos showing the staggering scale ofdestruction on the outskirts of Aleppo citadel as a result of continuous clashes.

The photos were taken by the photographer Shady Martak during the last week of January 2016, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums said.

Eng. Lina Qtifan, Director of the World Heritage Sites in the DGAM, made it clear that 130 real states, most of them located south of the Aleppo Citadel, were damaged. "The al-Sultaneyeh Mosque, Carlton Hotel, historical area in the old city of Aleppo were among the damaged real states."