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Discovery of remains of a dinosaur in Morocco

A team of scientists in Morocco discovered the remains of a dinosaur that lived 66 million years ago.

Moroccan newspaper Hespress reported that this discovery came due  to rocks found in a mine around the Moroccan city of Casablanca, dating back to 66 million years.

The dinosaur belongs to the "duckbill" family, which are plant-eating dinosaurs, up to 15 meters long.

The discovered dinosaur was small compared to its peers, with a length of only 3 meters and the size of a horse. Scientists say that it is likely that the discovered dinosaur was a swimming animal thanks to its large tails and strong legs.

 

Inas Abdulkareem

Al- Zahrawi palace is restored to its glorious image in Homs

Al-Zahrawi Palace, which is one of the most famous monuments in the city of Homs, is currently witnessing restoration work to remove the vandalism and looting it was subjected to by terrorist organizations.

The palace is characterized by its beautiful architectural style dating back to the Mamluk era. Above one of the halls of the two-story palace, there is a symbol of the Mamluk Sultan Al-Zaher Baybars which is two opposite lions - a sign of the era in which it was completed. The features of Mamluk architecture in the palace is also noticed through a narrow corridor and a heavenly space, in the middle of it is a pool of water surrounded by wings on all sides.

The director of the palace, Raja Belal, explained that restoration work is currently underway on the western side of the building. She pointed out that the restoration work that began in 2015 revealed the existence of an arch for the upper hall,indicating that the main stones of the palace are preserved with some restoration in order to preserve the aesthetic of its stones.

The restoration work includes the dome on the second floor of the northern wing due to the great damage it suffered, the roof on the northwestern side with part of the entrance, in addition to some domes in the southern part.

Antiquities and museums restored the archaeological site of Tal Baidar in Hasaka, dating back to the third millennium BC

The Department of Antiquities and Museums in Al-Hasakah Governorate has launched various restoration projects for the archaeological site of Tal Baydar, located in the north of the governorate, on the road connecting the cities of Al-Hasakahand Darbasiyah.

The head of the department, Khaled Ahmo, said in a statement to the SANA reporter that the restoration work includes the architectural block consisting of four temples and a palace dating back to the middle of the third millennium BC, and the treatment of cavities and cracks within the modern walls encased in the archaeological blocks in addition to cleaning and rehabilitation of the site.

An Ancient Temple in Sweida Built by a Syrian Emperor

The Archaeological “Brika” Temple is one of the unique architectural monuments that are still in acceptable architectural condition. It was built by Alexander Severus who served as the Roman emperor from 222 CE until his untimely death in 235 CE .

 The temple is located in the middle of Brika village in the northwest of the city of Sweida.

Archeologist Hasan Hatoum told SANA that Brika temple, which is nine meters long and 8 meters wide, is a strong and coherent architectural block although its columns have lost their crowns, which were found in the square and are of the Ionian style.

Hatoum indicated that the temple is currently without a roof and it was affected by a lot of vandalism and demolition and turned into a mosque in the 12th century AD in the Ayyubid era.

Sulaiman Castle:A fascinating portal toward past

Sulaiman Castle is an archaeological temple, constructed 4000 years ago, with the finest architectural techniques and utensils used in ancient artistic designs.

A distinguished edifice raised by huge limestone and high-precision engravings. However, it was partly destroyed by natural factors like climate changes and successive civilizations. Nevertheless, it remains to this day one of the prosperous and steadfast symbols of historic architecture.

Sulaiman Castle is located 30 km from Tartous Governorate and 20 km from Safita in a mountainous valley near "Al-NabiSaleh" mountain.It is considered a very important site throughout history that connected internal Syrian lands to its coastal region.