GDAM: Massive Destruction at Mari Archaeological Site due to Terrorist Attacks

DAMASCUS- A number of archaeological sites in Deir Ezzor, including the Mari site in Tal Hariri, were severely damaged as a result of attacks by terrorist organizations, according to the General Directorate for Antiquities and Museums (GDAM).

In a statement on Tuesday, the Directorate said that preliminary assessment was carried out by archeologists to archeological sites in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which were rid of terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army, where it was found that massive destruction was caused to the archaeological buildings in the site of Mari, including the royal palace of Zimri-Lim, as well as the destruction of the roof built to protect it from natural elements, in addition to illegal excavations throughout the site by terrorists, SANA reported.

Qanawat Archaeological Temples Date Back Thousands of Years

Sweida, (ST) -The ancient temples in the town of Qanawat, located 7 km east of the city of Sweida, are a unique architectural example and a vivid witness to the region's civilization and culture. The five temples in the Qanawat, which was called Qanatha in the past, are considered an important part of the archaeological sites in the town and one of the ten ancient Roman cities (Dikapolis), which is a group established by the emperor Bambi who was making a complex of commercial cities scattered in Jordan, Syria and Palestine.

Khabab ….. An Important Archaeological Town in Horan

(ST) - Abiba is the ancient name of a town called “Khabab” in Horan. It is located in Daraa province in Syria, about 55 km from Damascus and 60 km from Daraa.

The word “khabab” is an Assyrian Acadia word which means light and bright under this source comes the word Aeb which means lightness and soft green. It is worth mentioning that there is an adjacent village to Khabab called Abe, and the name was derived from it the word Abiba and means “Stunned barley staple” and in the Pharos the word "Abib" means "the month of April," in which the sabbaths ripen and in Syriac we say Abba and means a flower or the yield of the fruit, as well as the word Hababa and Khababa comes from intense love.

Antiquities and Museums Directorate Warns of Dangers of Turkey’s Attacks on Archaeological Sites in Afrin

DAMASCUS- The Antiquities and Museums Directorate has warned of dangers of the Turkish attacks that targeted archaeological sites in Afrin region in northern Syria.

Director General for Antiquities and Museums, Mahmoud Hammoud, on Monday warned of the dangers of the Turkish aggression on Afrin which is one of the Syrian richest areas in artifacts and monuments, SANA reported.

 “Mount Semaan includes three archaeological reserves listed on UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s list and all are in danger because they are near to Afrin area,” Hammoud said, stressing that “the Turkish regime’s destruction of the Ain Dara Temple was a barbaric act, and a completion of the plan led by this regime to destroy the Syrian cultural heritage.”