Authorities in Daraa Thwart Attempts to Smuggle Syrian Artifacts

DARAA, (ST)-Competent authorities on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle Syrian archeological pieces, dating back to different ancient eras in al-Sanamain area in the Syrian province of Daraa.

The authorities seized the pieces and arrested the perpetrators, according to SANA reporter in the province.

The reporter said that the seized artifacts, prepared for smuggling, included a Holy Bible, antique vessels, stone figures, various glass and stone pieces, an ornately embossed ring, a lion’s sculpture without a head, a church altar stone, a jar used to collect money and coins dating back to ancient eras.

Authorities seize antique picture before being smuggled on borders with Iraq

DEIR EZZOR- Authorities on Wednesday seized an archaeological picture, which was prepared for smuggling via the Syrian-Iraqi border, SANA reporter said.

The picture, dating back to the Roman era, was extracted from the archaeological site of al-Salihiya in the western countryside of Boukamal, according to SANA.

Terrorists and US, French, Turkish Forces Continue Looting Syrian Artifacts

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Illegal excavation for antiquities have been escalated in the Syrian areas controlled by the American, French and Turkish forces and their agents from the different terrorist groups having positions in the cities of Manbej, Afrin, Idleb as well as in some places surrounding Raqqa city, according to reports coming up for the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (GDMA).

The GDMA website made it clear that the latest of these reports talk about the US and French forces' carrying out digging and looting activities in Um al-Sarj Mount area which is an archeologically-rich place.

Ancient Bosra al-Sham City Welcomes Its Visitors again Following Years of Hiatus because of Terrorism

DARAA–  The Syrian Exploration and Documentation Society volunteers embarked on a hiking tour to the ancient Bosra al-Sham city in Daraa province which restored its historic splendor and started to receive visitors after years of hiatus, according to SANA.

The tour came within the Society’s “Doroub” (routes) program which aims to spotlight Daraa’s major tourism attraction and archaeological sites passing through Sweida province, SANA said.

Entitled “Houran, Gateway to History”, up to 150 volunteers from different Syrian provinces visited the ancient Roman amphitheater and the Monastery of Bohaira, the Monk where they documented the massive destruction inflicted on these archaeological sites due to the sabotage acts committed by terrorist groups. They raised the Syrian flag on the stone stage of its theater, listed by UNESCO as world heritage site, and chanted the Syrian national anthem.

Mosaic Painting Dating Back to Roman Era Uncovered in Homs Northern Countryside

HOMS-A mosaic painting dating back to the classic period of the Roman era was discovered in a neighborhood in a-Rastan city 20 km to the north of Homs, according to SANA.

Director of Homs Antiquities Department Hussam Hamish told SANA that the department tracked information by competent authorities about the existence of a mosaic painting in one of the houses in al-Qala’a neighborhood in al-Rastan.

The decorations on the painting indicate that it belongs to the classical period of the Roman era with an area of 8 square meters (2 wide and 4 long) of it unearthed so far, he added, indicating that work is continuing to reveal the entire painting.