Czech Earmarks $1,8 mln for Supporting Archeological Sector in Syria

PRAGUE, (ST)-Director General of the Czech National Museum Michal Lukeš has announced that 40 million Koruna ($1,8 million) was earmarked for supporting the archeological sector in Syria until 2019.

 The cash is part of a total of 195 million Koruna agreed on by the Czech government last year as a Czech assistance to Syria for humanitarian and development purposes.

In a statement on Saturday, Lukeš said that within the framework of an agreement signed with the General Directorate of Syrian Antiquities and Museums on cooperation in the area of protecting and renovating Syrian antiquities, the Czech museum will send antiquities preservatives to help protect archeological pieces.

Antiquities Department Condemns Destruction of Deir Sunbul Archeological Site in Idleb by Terrorists

DAMASCUS- General Directorate for Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) condemned the destruction of Deir Sunbul site in the province of Idleb by the terrorist organizations.

Deir Sunbul is an archeological site located in Barisha Mount which dates back between the 2nd and the 6th century.

In a statement published on its website on Wednesday, the DGAM said that the terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra have destroyed Deir Sunbul which was preceded by the destruction of many monasteries, churches and archaeological buildings in the forgotten famous cities in the province of Idleb that belong to the Roman and Byzantine eras and some of them are registered on the world heritage list.

80% of Daraa archaeological sites systematically damaged by terrorists

Head of Antiquities Directorate in the southern Daraa province has asserted that 80% of archaeological sites  in the province has been systematically damaged and looted during the years of war on Syria.

Speaking to the Syrian Arab News agency (SANA), Dr. Mohammad al-Nasrallah made it clear that archaeological hills in al-Ash'ari, Em Horan, Ashtara, al-Jabeyeh and Shehab areas were damaged.

Damascus Hosts Workshop on "Reconstruction and Revival of Historical Cities After Crises"

"Reconstruction and Revival of Historical Cities After Crises" is the banner of a workshop kicked off Tuesday by Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Damascus.

The two-day workshop aims to exchange experiences in order to describe the current situation of monuments in Syria and to draw up a plan for reconstruction after crises, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency quoted Director of Museums Affairs in the DGAM Nazir Awad as saying that several workshops and activities were held by the DGAM within the framework of the Syrian heritage management during the crisis.

Farzat: Terrorists Obliterated History of Ancient Apamea Site for Material Gains

The ancient Apamea site [also known as Afamia] in Hama province has been looted and vandalized by terrorist organizations, who have used heavy machines that obliterated the history of this site, Director of Hama Antiquities Directorate says.

Abdul Qader Farzat told the state-run 'Tishreen' newspaper [in Arabic] that Apamea site was subject to barbaric and overt digging day and night by terrorists, who carried out excavation works by heavy machines to achieve material gains from artifacts smuggled by them from the site.