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Aleppo National Museum re-opens after years of closure

The National Museum of Aleppo has reopened its doors to visitors and archaeologists after eight years of closure due to the terrorist war on Syria.

“Re-opening the museum to display 50 thousand pieces of its archaeological treasures  is considered as an announcement of  the return of life to this unique museum  as well as a message of peace,  love and knowledge to confirm that the Syrian people have triumphed over terrorism, aggression and injustice” Director General of Antiquities and museums Dr. Mahmoud Hamoud said in a press statement.

A program for training a cadre specialized in archaeological buildings in Homs

Homs, (ST)-"Academic engineers representing the Heritage Committee of Homs Engineers Union are working to train a cadre to be specialized in archaeological buildings in the field of documentation and damage assessment." Affirmed Eng. Amer Al-Sibai, head of the union's heritage committee, pointing out that the branch is working to train a well-qualified cadre specialized in archaeological buildings through carrying out special courses, including field visits to identify the dangers of the damage that  affected  the archeological sites either because of the terrorist war or natural factors.

Director of the Palmyra Museum: Mummification in Palmyra civilization demonstrates its advanced scientific level

Damascus, (ST)- Archaeological excavations revealed that the Palmyrenes knew a highly developed mummification methods based on their religious belief in the existence of life after death. This indicates the advanced scientific level of Palmyra civilization which presented mankind a great legacy of science and knowledge.

During his lecture at Abu Rummana Cultural Center, the Director of the Palmyra Museum, Dr. Khalil Hariri, reviewed the secrets of mummification as being part of the bright civilization of Palmyra and the religious rituals, because death occupies a large part of the lives of people in Palmyra, given their belief that the grave is their last shelter and house of comfort and eternity.

Hariri said that through mummification, the ancient people of Palmyra tried to preserve the bodies of their dead for thousands of years by using special materials and drugs.

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.