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Written documents engraved in Greek found in (Al-Raha), one of the ancient villages in Jabal Al-Arab

Sweida,(ST) -Al-Raha located to the south of the city of Al-Suweida, is considered one of the important ancient villages in Jabal Al-Arab, in which many Greek inscriptions were found inscribed on basalt stones.

The researcher in the archeology of the region, Hassan Hatoum, said in an interview with SANA that, Al-Raha still contains parts of important old houses that contain inscriptions and architectural elements distributed in different parts of the village. He pointed out that, several written documents were found engraved in Greek and documented historical incidents related to the implementation of some projects which were built in Al-Raha itself or in adjacent locations.

The researcher, Hatoum explained that among those documents is a Greek writing dedicated to the God, Kronos, the god of time. This Greek writing was found over a recent tomb south of Al-Raha, dating back to 134 AD. God, Kronos was considered the protector of an Arab tribe called Sukharat.

The researcher indicated that, the site of Al-Raha, or Ara, in the ancient times was rich in water springs since past eras. Some of them are still used until now.

It is worth noting that, Al-Raha, which is about three kilometers from the city of Al-Suweida, includes one of the most beautiful tourist sites in the governorate, which is Al- Muzllem valley with a beautiful environmental nature. It is located to the east of Al-Raha and is considered one of the important destinations for popular tourism that attracts visitors who enjoy its fantastic views, especially during spring and summer.

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